Dr. Melanie Ragin
Professor & Project Director
Melanie previously served as Director, Inclusion and Cultural Enhancement at SUNY Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences and Director/Faculty of the Public Health program Fort Valley State University, also serving as a Research Fellow at Cornell University in the Department of Immunology and Microbiology. In addition to serving as Director of the McNair Scholar's program she also teaches in the Biology department at Binghamton University. Earning her PhD in Pathobiology at Penn State University, she has a commitment to research, teaching, mentoring and creating opportunities through scholarship for all students, especially those that are first-generation, low income and historically under-served/underrepresented.
One of her favorite quotes is "Only he who can see the invisible, can do the impossible" - Frank Gaines.
Project CoordinatorPhone: 607-777-6594
In her previous position, Jenny served as the Assistant Director for Academic Enhancement in the Student-Athlete Success Center at Binghamton University. In that role she assessed, monitored, and advised student-athletes from very diverse backgrounds. She also developed and managed the athletics tutoring program. Jenny earned her BS in Human Development and her MS in Student Affairs Administration at Binghamton University. She remains committed to providing support and encouragement to students from historically under-served/underrepresented, first-generation and low-income students to ensure they are provided every opportunity to pursue their dreams and achieve their goals.