|UW Student Receives NSF Graduate Research Fellowship
(April 23, 2014)
If ever a student exemplifies the goals of the McNair Scholars Program, it is Josh Heyer, a University of Wyoming student from Windsor, Colo., who will graduate this spring with a triple major in geography, environment and natural resources, and Spanish.
Along the way, he has earned numerous honors for his academic accomplishments, including selection as an EPSCoR Fellow and as a student speaker at the UW College of Arts and Sciences Honors Convocation, and as one of the college’s top graduating seniors.
To top it off, he is the only UW student this year to be awarded a National Science Foundation Research (NSF) Fellowship, one of the nation’s most highly competitive awards for graduate studies. It offers, among other things, a three-year annual $32,000 stipend; a $12,000 cost-of-education allowance; and international research and professional development opportunities.
Heyer credits McNair Scholars Program administrators Zackie Salmon and Susan Stoddard for helping build his foundation for success. The McNair program prepares promising undergraduate students from groups traditionally underrepresented in graduate education to enter and complete a doctoral degree program. Services include a research internship, mentoring from UW faculty members, academic support and tutoring, and assistance with the graduate school application process.
Heyer qualified for the McNair program as a first-generation college student, as neither of his parents hold a college degree.
“Zackie and Susan have pointed me in the right direction, which has allowed me to network with various individuals on campus,” Heyer says. “During... —