Soon after the shelter in place began in Washington state this spring, EWU McNair Program leaders started hearing reports from their colleagues that summer research internships were being canceled across the country. They cringed knowing that several of their students had received prestigious summer research internships or were still waiting to hear back from those they’d applied to.

Fortunately, through innovation and flexibility, all of the EWU McNair Scholars will be able to engage in summer research.

EWU McNair Scholar Malachi Chukwu was accepted by Laney Graduate School Summer Opportunity for Academic Research (LGS-SOAR) Program at Emory University. EWU McNair Scholar Wendolyn Martinez was accepted into the Junior Summer Institute in Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) at the University of Michigan. Both will both do virtual research internships at these institutions this summer.

In addition, new McNair Scholar Aulane Mplouli, while unable to do the Ohio State University (OSU) research internship due to cancellation, was invited to a summer webinar series by OSU to help prepare her for graduate school. She will also complete a summer research internship at EWU. In addition, 16 other EWU McNair Scholars (new and continuing) will participate in the EWU McNair Summer Research Internship through online learning and coaching.

EWU McNair is grateful to all of the professors willing to continue to mentor students and support them through their summer research internship despite these harrowing times. Mentors for the summer of 2020-2021 include: Rebecca Brown, Brian Buchanan, Judd Case, Kevin Decker, Edwin Elias, Yao Houndonougbo, Camille McNeely, Gina Mikel Petrie, Susan Ruby, Jillene Seiver, Majid Sharifi, Lindsey Upton, Michael Winer and Aryn Ziehnert.

Check out the EWU McNair Spring Gathering page to learn more about their scholars and mentors.