Frostburg State University McNair Scholars, a federally-funded program designed to help students pursue their doctoral degrees, continue to distinguish themselves by winning multiple awards at the annual McNair ceremony held at the University of Maryland College Park.
Mathew Crawford, Flintstone, received the Academic Achievement Award, which is given to a student who displays academic excellence during the six-week McNair Scholar summer program. Crawford is majoring chemistry at FSU.
“Matt is an excellent student,” said Dr. Mary Gartner, FSU assistant provost. She first met Crawford on a field trip. She discovered in her conversation with Crawford that he was eligible for the McNair program and encouraged him to apply.
Crawford and fellow McNair scholar Kristina Green, Baltimore, tied as runners up for the best presentation by a first-year student. Harriet Douglas, director of FSU’s Student Support Services, summed up her feeling about Green by saying, “She is just a hard working student.”
Green’s hard work has not gone unnoticed. Douglas said that Green is a model student and that she will be serving as a mentor to incoming freshman at FSU this upcoming fall. Green is currently double majoring in both psychology and justice studies.
Another FSU student, Emmanuel Cephas, Baltimore, won the award for Best Presentation by a second-year scholar. “Emanuel is definitely going places,” said Gartner. Cephas is majoring in computer science and plans to pursue graduate studies in physics, a field in which he’s already won several research awards. Recently, Cephas won fifth place at a conference at the University of Tennessee for a research project presentation.
“It is very prestigious to be a McNair Scholar,” said Douglas. The current first year McNair Scholars are Katrina Anderson, Matthew Crawford, Kristina Green and Christopher Williams. The current second year scholars are Emmanuel Cephas, Cherise Mattheson and Melanie Spears.
The McNair program is designed to help students from low-income settings who aspire to earn a doctoral degree. The McNair program is not designed for students pursuing medical or law degrees.
McNair scholars spend six weeks of their summer engaged in learning skills that will aid them in pursuing their degree. Throughout the school year, McNair students meet with each other to learn skills and to present their research projects.
The McNair Program is funded by federal grants to specific Universities through the United States Department of Education. FSU has partnered with the University of Maryland College Park and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore to receive a McNair Scholar’s grant. There are a total of 28 openings in the current grant with seven spaces going to Frostburg. The University of Maryland Baltimore County has a separate McNair Scholars program.
Gartner is very proud of all the McNair Scholars. "FSU’s best students can compete with anyone.”
In order to find more information about the FSU’s McNair Scholars Program, contact FSU’s office of Student Support Services at (301) 687-4481.