Congratulations to new McNair Scholar Marianna Fischer! Marianna was selected by the McNair Scholars’ selection committee on the basis of her passion for research, commitment to attaining a PhD, and overall potential for success in graduate school.
The federally-funded TRIO Ronald E. McNair Post-baccalaureate Achievement Program at EWU selects motivated and talented juniors and seniors who are first-generation and low-income college students, and/or from groups underrepresented at the doctoral level to introduce them to academic research and provide them with effective strategies for getting into and graduating from PhD programs.
Marianna Fischer is a first-generation undergraduate at Eastern Washington University pursuing a major in Mechanical Engineering Technology with a specialized interest in robotics. While obtaining an associate’s degree from Spokane Community College she had hands-on experience with AC/DC circuits in a lab setting which helped grow her passion for robotics. She is currently working with her mentor, Dr. Philip Appel on developing a research project on small scale incinerators for energy generation. Her goal is to become an expert in small scale energy generation that is better for the environment and can be used off the grid, in space, and for other novel uses. She would like to own her own business and be at the forefront of humanity’s future.
We look forward to accompanying Marianna as her research unfolds!