Ronald E. McNair Post Baccalaurate Achievement Program Provides Undergraduate Student Support

Friday, April 14, 2017

Simone Oliphant, a Jamaica native, joined FIU in 2016, where she is a Biology Major as well as a member of the Honors Program at the university. She is one of the 27 FIU students who have been awarded with the prestigious Ronald E. McNair Post Baccalaurate Achievemen Program fellowship. She will be mentored by our FIU faculty Javier Francisco-Ortega in collaboration with our colleagues Tracy Commock and Keron Campbell, from the Institute of Jamaica and with our Herbarium curator Brett Jestrow. This program is supported by the US Department of Education and aims to attract students from underrepresented groups into scientific research. Selected students receive full tuition and stipends. This summer Simone will be conducting research at Michigan State University in East Lansing. In August she will join Fairchild where she will start working with us in the Science Village. This program recognizes the life and achievements of Ronald E. MacNair, American physicist and NASA astronaut, who died during the launch of the Space Shuttle Challenger on mission STS-51-L in January 1986. Images: Top, L-R: Francisco-Ortega, Oliphant, Campbell, and Commock during the MvNair Induction Ceremony at FIU on April 12, 2017. Bottom, Ronald E. McNair (source:

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