SNU McNair Scholar Earns Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree

BETHANY, OK (January 10, 2013) – The Southern Nazarene University McNair Scholars Program is proud to congratulate former McNair participant, Aaron Mora, on obtaining his Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree.

Dr. Mora graduated in May of 2012 from Langston University and has begun a private practice in Edmond, Oklahoma. While attending SNU, Mora participated for two years in the McNair Scholars Program.
The McNair Scholars Program is designed to assist low-income, first generation students and/or students who come from underrepresented groups in graduate school to prepare for doctoral studies. The program provides workshops, seminars, classes, cultural activities and other scholarly activities designed to prepare students academically, socially and spiritually for the rigors of graduate work. The highlight of the program is the Summer Research Institute which enables undergraduate students to work with faculty mentors to prepare and present original research in their chosen field of study. 
“If I had to say one thing about the McNair Program in helping me in graduate school, it would definitely be the research aspect,” observed Mora. “In being a McNair Scholar, having some research background entering Physical Therapy school was a tremendous benefit. In medicine these days, everything is surrounded around an evidence-based practice; therefore being able to read, understand and even form your own research is very helpful.”

Dr. Mora is one of over seventy students that have been served by the McNair Scholars program since it began in 2007. He is the first graduate of the program to earn his doctoral degree but several other scholars have completed Masters degrees and are currently enrolled in Ph.D. or other doctoral programs across the country including Rice University, Texas Tech University, University of Arkansas and Duke University.

“Aaron is a great example of how the McNair Scholars Program can enable students to succeed in graduate school,” says Dr. Rhonda Crutcher, Program Director. “He was a member of our very first McNair Scholars cohort and we are so proud of his accomplishments. We are confident that he will continue to grow in his chosen field.”

For more information about the McNair Scholars Program or to apply online, please visit call the office at 405-789-6400 ext. 6540.

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