SOIS Newest McNair Scholar!
SOIS is thrilled to announce that Matt Shampine was accepted into the McNair Scholars Program at RIT!
“The RIT Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program serves a diverse group of talented RIT second- and third-year students who are interested in pursuing post-baccalaureate education. The RIT McNair Scholars Program provides enriching scholastic experience that prepares eligible scholars for graduate education, with an emphasis on doctoral studies.”
Matt is an excellent student and is currently working on several concentrations through our program—Information Technology, Biology and Chemistry, as well as a potential minor in Health Information Technology. Matt is tracking himself for medical school and has actively sought out experiences that will help him meet that goal. Last year Matt researched and completed the basic EMT-Paramedic course for New York State, and since February has volunteered as a medic and driver for the RIT Ambulance. Matt is a naturally helpful and curious individual with numerous academic interests and personal goals. It is this desire for learning and concern for others that makes him an ideal candidate for the scholars’ program as well as a meaningful professional in the medical community.
Matt has been an active and integral member of our School of Individualized Study new student council for the last year. He was recommended for this role because of his desire to get involved, his open-mindedness and his desire to stretch and try new things. In this role Matt will help to define the student experience in SOIS, specifically areas where improvements can be made. The students selected for this committee will also act as ambassadors for our program, a perfect role for Matt. - Meg Walbaum, Academic Advisor
This spring, Matt is doing a co-op in Research and Development at Global Tungsten and Powders, a company that focuses on the development and production of inorganic phosphors and related chemicals.