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.
Temporary Project Coordinator
Gervlyne Auguste currently serves as the temporary program coordinator for the Ronald E. McNair Post Baccalaureate Achievement Program (McNair Scholars Program). She brings over 15 years of experience in educational and administrative management. Her academic experiences serve as an important framework that better allows her to understand and identify with a diverse range of students. Gervlyne's familiarities of being a first-generation college student with English as a second language present the main ideals that are the backbone of her educational philosophy. As a project coordinator, her primary mission is to help students navigate successfully through their academic careers while exploring their educational and career options. Her immediate responsibility is to prepare students to be self-sufficient and life-long learners. Her obligation is to contribute and remain attentive to issues pertaining to student services and retention. This is especially important when addressing the needs of underrepresented and underserved students.
In her spare time, she serves on several nongovernmental organizations as an advocate for better access to education, youth development and women owned businesses reaching life-long independence.
Gervlyne holds a Masters in Science degree with an Administration and Planning concentration from the University of Massachusetts in Boston and a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Emmanuel College, Boston.