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Brandi Deptula
Brandi was a McNair Scholar for two consecutive years - 2011-2013 and graduated from UW - Oshkosh in May 2014. Her research mentor was Dr. Eric Matson, Department of Biology. Her first year's research was "Diversity and Function of Bacteria Related to the Newly-Isolated Organism JT5, a Possible Lignocellulose - Degrading Species from the Gut of an Evolutionary Higher Termite." Her second year's research consisted of "Glycohydrolase Enzyme Expression and Activity from the Bacterial Isolate JT5-1, a Gut Inhabitant of an Evolutionary Higher Termite. Brandi is currently applying for the Masters of Library Science at the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee. 

Joseph Draven
Joseph graduated UW Oshkosh in December 2016. As a McNair Scholar, he conducted research with Dr. Lauren Waters, Department of Chemistry. Joe intends to apply to graduate programs in the Milwaukee area.

Papa Fall
Papa graduated from UW-Oshkosh in May 2013. As a McNair Scholar, Papa conducted research with Dr. Kisubi, in which his research topic was African Students' experience of academic life in U.S. public universities. He completed his Masters of Social Work in June 2015 at the University of Wisconsin - Madison. He is currently not pursuing his PhD at this time and has launched into his career as a Social Worker at a Mental Health Institute on the Assessment and Treatment Unit (ATU). Papa provides bio-psycho-social assessments, treatment planning, psychotherapy, and case management services to a population of mentally ill and forensic patients. He also works as an Emergency Room Social Worker where he provides psychosocial assessments including formal suicide assessment to children, adolescents, and adults with mental health issues seeking care.

Chelsy Herring
As a McNair Scholar, Chelsy worked with Dr. Mark Bowen, Department of Geography and Urban Planning. Her research was titled, "Evidence of Rapid Climate Change Events within Playa Wetlands." During her undergraduate program, Chelsy decided to leave the University to pursue other career interests.

Whittany Byrd
Whittany graduated from UW - Oshkosh in May 2013. As a McNair Scholar, her mentor was Dr. Alfred Kisubi and she researched an area in the human services field. After graduation, Whittany entered a Masters program at UW Oshkosh and then decided to switch fields. She is now earning an Associates degree in Nursing in the Milwaukee area.

Fabiola Rizo (Navarro)
Fabiola participated as a McNair Scholar for two consecutive years - 2011 to 2013. Fabiola graduated in December 2013 with a degree in Education. She is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Education in School Counseling, here at the University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh. She expects to graduate May 2017.

Donavon Johnson
As a McNair Scholar, Donavon's research mentor was Dr. Norlisha Crawford, Department of Biology and Microbiology. During his time as an undergraduate, he made the decision to leave UW Oshkosh to pursue a career in sales.

Jeremy Kroll
As a McNair Scholar, Jeremy worked with Dr. on his research. His research was titled, "Finding a Good Death: Reconciling the Crisis of the End of Life." After earning his Bachelor's degree, he chose to pursue his career interests.

Taylor Waring
Taylor participated as a McNair scholar for two consecutive years: 2011 to 2013. He graduated from UW-Oshkosh with a degree in English in May 2014. His research mentor was Dr. Marguerite Helmers where he focused his research on understanding the Atomic Bombings of unions and political behavior while his second year research looked at the poetry of Octavio Paz. Taylor is currently applying to MFA, Master of Fine Arts, programs in Poetry. 

Suave' Kyles
Suave graduated from UW Oshkosh in December 2015 with a Bachelors of Science in Nursing. After earning her Bachelors degree, she currently works in the field of nursing.

Lang Lee Lee
Lang graduated from UW - Oshkosh in December 2013. He is pursuing a graduate program in Psychology at California State University - Fullerton.  

Michael Mason
Michael graduated from UW - Oshkosh in May 2013. After earning his Bachelor's degree, he pursued a career with his degree.

Fauzia Osman
Fauzia graduated from UW - Oshkosh in May 2014. After earning a Bachelor's degree, Fauzia pursued a career in her field of study.

Benjamin Sajdak
Ben graduated from UW - Oshkosh in May 2013 with a degree in Biology and an emphasis in Neuroscience. As a McNair Scholar, Ben conducted research with Dr. Dana Merriman, Department of Biology. His research focused on Chondroitin Sulfate Proteoglycans Deposition following Optic Nerve Crush in Thirteen-Lined Ground Squirrel. Ben is currently in his Ph.D. program, Visual Neuroscience, at the Medical College of Wisconsin where he plans to graduate in 2018. 

Sitha Thor
Sitha graduated from UW - Oshkosh in May 2013. As a McNair Scholar, Sitha conducted research with Dr. Teri Shors, in which the research topic was "Examining Green Medicine in the Virology Laboratory." Currently, Sitha is a graduate student here at the University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh where he is pursuing his Masters in Microbiology.

Kristie Wirth
Kristie graduated from UW - Oshkosh in May 2014. As a McNair Scholar in 2011, Kristie conducted research with Dr. Quin Chrobak, Department of Psychology. Kristie's research topic focused on the influence of personality traits and depressive symptoms on music enjoyment and preference." Currently, Kristie is working as a Business Intelligence Specialist at the University of Denver where she enjoys working in a research and data oriented career. She pursued an online certificate in Data Science after completing her Bachelor's degree and may pursue other online training in the future, or possibly a Masters in Data Science.

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