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Karen's Statement of Purpose and Nadine's Diversity Statement

Our McNair Scholars spend months crafting their statement of purpose (SoP), an important essay that details the applicant’s relevant experiences, research interests, career goals, motivations for pursuing a graduate degree, and fit to a graduate program. The SoP is an opportunity for our Scholars to think critically and introspectively about how their experiences have led them to this point in their academic career. Another document that is becoming more common in the graduate school application is the
diversity statement.


In her SoP, Karen Devora-Cigarroa, a Senior in Civil Engineering, reflects on how her
personal life, research, and internship experiences have deeply influenced her desire to pursue a graduate degree in civil engineering with an emphasis on humanitarian work.


Nadine Veasley, a Senior in Microbiology, has a wealth of experience in diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives, and given her experiences, we thought critically about how she could engage with the diversity essay in a unique way. She decided to use her spoken word poem from the 2020 ISCORE conference to respond to several schools’ diversity prompts.


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McNair Welcome Brunch

Each fall, we bring first and second year cohort members together for a meet & greet; we eat, mingle and interact in a relaxed environment. With the academic year typically in full swing, there is always much to talk about and share. 

Thelma Harding Welcomes Scholars at Brunch

Annual Fall Recess

Scholars work hard! So once or twice a year, we call a recess. Scholars take a well-deserved break to catch up at one of Iowa State recreational spaces. CyBowl and Billiards inside the Memorial Union at Iowa State is always a great place to stop the academic rigor clock. Whether it's bowling, pizza night, music and dancin', or just a good ol' fashion snowball fight, Scholars are hangin' out with each other for a mid-semester break. 

Karen Devora-Cigarroa, Yahan Chang, and Ser Paw

Annual Conferences

Each year, Scholars travel together to national conferences to present their research projects and connect with fellow researchers. 

Kpandi Lumeh Shows off Research Conference Presentation Certificate
Joseph Giroux Presents McNair Research