Thelma Harding - Program DirectorThelma Harding

I am responsible for complete program oversight ensuring that all program goals and objectives are met by staff and students.  I also teach the two second year McNair classes which are focused on choosing, applying, enrolling, transitioning, and surviving graduate school. We get to know our students very well during their two or more years of participation in the program and are readily available to not only assist them throughout the graduate application process, but also for support and advise as they continue on to graduate school. Even on my worse days, I can still say that I love   what I do and I really enjoy working with students!




Ashley Garrin - Program Assistant DirectorAshley Garrin

My responsibilities include supporting the Director's work as well as designing coursework and teaching the scientific research component of the program. In other facets of the program, I work with faculty and graduate student mentors to provide successful experiences for our scholars. I understand the value of the McNair program firsthand, as a beneficial program for those interested in graduate study, because I am an ISU McNair alum. I am beyond excited to serve future scholars and offer great insight into their needs, thanks to my experience as a scholar who is a recent doctoral graduate.




Arnold Woods - Program Assistant

I work with the Program Director and Assistant Director to help coordinate and implement the goals of the McNair Program.       I am the first person of contact and handle the day-to-day management of the program. Helping underrepresented students in higher education is my passion, and I’m grateful to work with such a great team of staff to help the McNair Scholars reach their full educational potential here at Iowa State.