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Amy Brown

An Outstanding Islander

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Since enrolling in the McNair Scholars Program last March, Amy Brown has been paving her post-graduation path. In the fall, the spring 2009 graduate and new alumna will attend Penn State University where she has earned a $19,000 annual stipend (for five years) for the Graduate Program in Sociology with the expectation of earning a Ph.D. As the first in her family to receive a college degree, Brown admits she was uncertain about her future until she applied for the McNair Scholars Program. Through the program, she prepared for the GRE, applied to graduate school, networked, and developed presentation and research experience. In addition, she has gained a wonderful support system and discovered her own resilience. Brown, who was Alpha Kappa Delta president, has attended McNair conferences to present her research on "Educational Experiences of Mexican American High School Students." She has received guidance from mentor Dr. Isabel Araiza, who encouraged her early on to attend grad school. Through the sociology department, Brown, a former tutor and human societies teaching assistant, has developed a critical lens for viewing the social issues of the world. When she completes her Ph.D., she wants to give back to her community and teach sociology at the Island University.

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