Virtual Wall of Fame

Outside of the director's office on the third floor of Aquinas Hall is the Excel! Wall of Fame. The Wall of Fame features past and present McNair and Excel Scholars; their picture and current academic accomplishments. Explore this page which is our virtual wall and if you ever have the chance to see it in person please stop by Aquinas 322!  

Join us in congratulating our previous McNair and Excel! Scholars for their success in completing advanced degrees and continued work in higher education. 

Jonathan Santos

B.A. English UST 2017

Pursuing a Masters in English at St. Thomas 

Fully Funded

Last summer he was the Graduate Writing Specialist for the program and will be so again this summer 2019. 

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Ashley Demaio

Ashley Demaio has been admitted into the psychology masters program at Vanderbilt University fully funded! 

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Hannah Drazenovich

Hannah Drazenovich, a 2016-2017 Excel! Scholar, has accepted a spot at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine. She began her path to a M.D. fall 2018.    

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Elizabeth DeNio

Elizabeth DeNio, a 2016-2017 scholar, has accepted a spot in the University of Minnesota Twin Cities Counseling and Student Personnel Psychology program.

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Trinh Ha

Trinh Ha, a 2015-2016 scholar, was admitted November 2018 into the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities School of Pharmacy. Congratulations Trinh, we wish you much luck! 

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Divine Zheng

Divine Zheng is a JD candidate at the University of Oregon School of Law. She was the 2018 St. Thomas undergraduate commencement speaker.  

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Kelsey Benton

B.S. Psychology: UST 2016

Ph.D. Candidate

Department of Neuroscience; Marquette University

Kelsey Benton presented at the 2018 MidBrains Conference held at St. Thomas on October 13th, 2018. 

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Amy Westmoreland

B.S. Psychology: UST 2010

Ph.D. Psychology: University of Michigan 2017

Fully Funded

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Demar Lewis

B.S. International Business, American Culture and Difference: UST 2011

M.P.P. Ford School of Public Policy: University of Michigan Ann Arbor

Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Sociology: Yale University: Fully Funded

He was recently named a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Scholar at Yale University. Read more here.

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Fartun Dirie

B.S. Geography: UST 2013

MGIS (Master of Geographic Information Science): University of MN Twin Cities 

Fully Funded

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Fushcia-Ann Hoover

B.S. Mechanical Engineering: UST 2009

Ph.D. Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering: Prudue 2017

NSF Distinguished Fellow 

Fully Funded 

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Robin Willenbring

B.S. Biology: UST 2012

Ph.D. Biochemistry: Mayo Clinic 2017

Fully Funded

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Sandy Moran-Pulles

B.S. UST 2011

Ph.D. Psychology: University of MN Twin Cities

Fully Funded

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Sean Navin

B.S. UST 2010

Pharm.D. University of MN Duluth School of Pharmacy 2015

Partially Funded 

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Shanea Turner Smith

B.S. Social Work: UST 2014

MSW Washington University Olin Scholar

Fully Funded

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Eyrusalem Lemma

B.S. Biology: UST 2015

M.S. University of Nebraska. She will be continuing here as a Ph.D. candidate.

Fully Funded 

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Maya Johnson

B.S. UST 2017

JD Candidate

Mitchell Hamline School of Law

Partially Funded

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Tammnet Kidanu


MPH University of Tennessee 2017

Fully Funded 

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  • Xing Gao, MPH candidate, will attend University of California Berkeley, partial scholarship. 
  • Stephanie Garcia, Ph.D cadidate Neuroscience, Rutgers University, fully funded.
  • Mondraya Howard, Ph.D candidate at University of Pittsburgh - Pharmacology, fully funded. 
  • Dr. Sally Mahmoud, completed MD at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. She is currently a resident Physician in Baltimore, MD. 
  • Dr. Paul Maitland-McKinley, completed MD and is practicing at Oregon Health Science University in Portland, Oregon. 

Other past graduates:

Adam Baker, M.A. Higher Education, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Lauren Miller, M.A. American Studies at Purdue University
Aquanette Early, M.S.W. University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Mai Eng Lee, M.S.W. University of Wisconsin, Madision
Ariel Gittens, M.S. Queens University of Kingston, ON