Gloria Soto, a 2015 graduate of the Associate in Arts Program in Wilmington, has been accepted to the 2018-19 cohort for the UD McNair Scholars Program. McNair Scholars conduct research in their field of interest with a faculty mentor, who will assist with the completion of a 10-week summer research internship and provide guidance throughout the student's graduate school application process.
Gloria is currently pursuing a bachelor's degree in nutritional and medical science at UD and is on track to graduate in 2020. Upon obtaining her bachelor's degree, she plans to attend graduate school, with the ultimate goal of a career in medicine.
According to Dr. Sujata K. Bhatia, professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering at UD and faculty director of the McNair Scholars Program, students in the program also receive summer housing placement and a $3,500 summer stipend.
"We are thrilled to welcome Gloria to the McNair family, as she is not only a talented student, but also an active member of the United States military," Dr. Bhatia said. "We hope to continue recruiting AAP alumni like Gloria into the McNair Program."
Gloria is an active member of the Air National Guard, serving as a radio frequency technician, and is also currently working as a receptionist at UD Health Services' Science, Technology and Advanced Research (STAR) Campus in Newark.
The benefits of the McNair Program extend well beyond the 10-week summer internship. Students in the program are given the opportunity to participate in professional development seminars throughout the academic year and summer, and they also receive one-on-one advisement and assistance in completing their graduate school applications, for which application fees are waived. Most importantly, Dr. Bhatia said, they become part of a social and intellectual community of like-minded students.
Visit the McNair Scholars site to learn more about eligibility requirements and to apply.