Three engineering students chosen for McNair Scholars Program

Three engineering students chosen for McNair Scholars Program

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Brittney Bridger-Burton (left) and Zully Perez Sierra have been chosen to the McNair Cohort as part of the UNL McNair Scholars Program.
Brittney Bridger-Burton (left) and Zully Perez Sierra have been chosen to the McNair Cohort as part of the UNL McNair Scholars Program.

Three UNL engineering students were chosen to take part in UNL’s McNair Scholars Program for the fall semester of the 2014-15 academic year.

Among the nine students welcomed to the McNair Cohort were:

Brittney Bridger-Burton, a mechanical engineering major from Lincoln, Nebraska. She worked with Dr. George Gogos, professor of mechanical and materials engineering.

Zully Perez Sierra is a chemical engineering major from Norfolk, Nebraska. She worked with Dr. Hendrik Viljoen, professor and chair of chemical and biomolecular engineering.

Fifteen students, including biological systems engineering major Daniel Rico, were chosen as McNair Scholars and were given financial support through the Undergraduate Creative Activities and Research Experiences Program (UCARE). That support allows the students to remain engaged in a research project with their faculty mentors.

Rico worked  with Dr. Francisco Munoz-Arriola, a professor of biological systems engineering, on a project titled, “Role of Automatic Calibration on Streamflow Generation in the Platte River Basin.”

Former McNair Scholar Katherine Smith, a biological systems engineering graduate student, was chosen to become a mentor in the Student/Postdoc Mentoring Program. Baoliang Zhao, a mechanical engineering graduate student, was also a mentor in that program.

Funded by the U.S. Department of Education and housed in UNL’s Office of Graduate Studies, the UNL McNair Program prepares undergraduate students for doctoral studies through involvement in research and other scholarly activities.

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