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McNair's 150 Celebration

The McNair program has been very successful in its mission to prepare our students for obtaining post-baccalaureate advanced degrees. The best evidence of this is our reaching 150+ PhD alumni. On April 23rd, 2022, the Undergraduate Research Hub held an event to celebrate this significant achievement. The event featured individual alumni speakers and an alumni panel covering topics such as the meaning, impact, and legacy of the McNair program. Scroll below for more details, photos, recordings, and a UC San Diego News Center article. We look forward to celebrating again when we reach 200 PhDs!


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Chancellor Pradeep Khosla

We were honored to have Chancellor Khosla speak at the McNair 150 celebration event. Click below to listen to him speak about how imperative the McNair program is to keep and expand.

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VCSA Dr. Alysson Satterlund

Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Dr. Alysson Satterlund spoke about the critical impact the McNair program has on our communities and the world. Click below to listen to her remarks.

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Dr. Tara Javidi

Dr. Tara Javidi, professor of electrical and computer engineering, spoke to our guests at the McNair 150 celebration event. Click below to here her speak about working with McNair students beyond their undergraduate years.

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Dr. Dmitri Young

McNair alum Dr. Dmitri Young spoke at our celebration event. Click below to hear his inspiring remarks about continuing to utilize his McNair experiences and research years later as a psychiatry professor.

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Dr. Angel Hinzo

Dr. Angel Hinzo, McNair alum and assistant professor of ethnic studies, spoke at the McNair 150 event. Click below to hear her speak about her experiences with mentors validating her interests as skills that can be translated into a career.

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In Their Words...

From the benefits of the program to favorite memories, click below to read what the McNair program has meant to our alumni!

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Undergraduate Research Gives Rise to Doctoral Dreams

This year, the [McNair] program reached an impressive milestone—more than 150 McNair Program alumni have earned a Ph.D. over the past three decades, with many of them now serving as professors and researchers across the nation.  Click below to read the UC San Diego News Center article Erika Johnson wrote about the McNair Program and the 150 celebration event.

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