McNair Scholars Program Staff


Daniel Smith, Ed.D.

Program Director

Ed.D., Higher Education Administration, Northeastern University

M.A., English/Composition, San Francisco State University

B.A., English/Creative Writing, San Francisco State University

Research Interests: Underrepresented college students, undergraduate research, first generation college students, mentorship, academic support programs.

Dissertation title: Undergraduate Research Experiences for Underrepresented Students: A Strengths-Based Perspective.


Mariana G. Martinez

Research Coordinator

Ph.D., Education Policy, Organization and Leadership, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

M.A., Education, Curriculum and Instruction, University of the Pacific

B.A., Chicana/o & Latina/o Studies/Spanish, Sonoma State University

Research interests: Access and retention, higher education, doctoral education, gender equity, first generation, low income, Latina/o students

Dissertation title: Mujeres Mexicanas in the Academy: Narratives from the Midwest.