UC Davis McNair Alumni Highlights

Many of our scholars are currently pursuing a graduate education and are well on their way to earning graduate degrees. The following list includes the current and newest UC Davis McNair scholars who have been accepted into graduate school. 

Starting graduate school

Brittni Ming-Whitfield will be starting the Genetics program at Texas A&M University 2018.

Walter Parker will be starting the Mechanical Engineering program at Carnegie Mellon University 2018.

Vanessa Talavera will be starting the Educational Leadership & Policy program at University of Michigan 2018.

Julie He will be starting the Physics program at University of California, Davis 2018.

Graduate school completion updates

Joyce Pham - Completed Chemistry Ph.D. program at Iowa State University 2018.

Helen Trejo - Completed Fiber Science Apparel Design at Cornell University 2018.

Fausto Gonzalez - Completed Philosophy program at University of California, Berkeley 2018.

Ethan Caldwell - Completed African American Studies Ph.D. program at Northwestern University 2017.

Rowan Gard - Completed Anthropology Ph.D. program at University of St. Andrews 2017.

Andy Huang - Completed Mathematics Ph.D. program at Rice University 2017.

Ifeoma Ajunwa - Completed Sociology Ph.D. program at Columbia University 2017.

Jonathan Chee - Completed Microbiology Ph.D. program at Yale University 2016.


Ifeoma Ajunwa for her new position as Assistant Professor at Cornell University in the Obstetrics & Gynecology Department & Joint appointment with Cornell Law School.

Ethan Caldwell for his new position as Assistant Professor at University of Hawaii Manoa in the Ethnic Studies Department.

Sandy Kawano for her new position as Assistant Professor at California State University Long Beach in the Biology Sciences Department.

Amanda O'Rourke for her new position as Senior Research Scientist at John Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory.

Joyce Pham for her new postdoctoral position at Max-Planck Institute Dresden, Germany.

Michael Ford for his new postdoctoral position at Carnegie Mellon University.

Rim Gebremariam for his new position as Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine at Western University of Health Sciences.

Mariana Henry recently completed her MPH in Chronic Disease Epidemiology at Yale University where she also is a researcher.