Oklahoma Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation, Cameron University, Lawton
Mentee: Theresa Hinkle
Years Matched: Two
Elizabeth Nalley is a professor of Chemistry at Cameron University. She and mentee Theresa Hinkle, a Cameron senior, have been matched for two years.
“Dr. Nalley has been a tireless advocate for underrepresented students in STEM,” shared director Brenda Morales. “She has mentored over 100 undergraduates by providing them experience through chemistry research. Dr. Nalley’s mentorship has allowed students to gain valuable research experience that has led them to a successful completion of their undergraduate careers as well as pursuit of masters and doctorate degrees.”
In addition to working with students in their research, Dr. Nalley loves helping students prepare to present their research at scientific conferences. Theresa Hinkle shared, “Dr. Nalley worked with me on being a better and more knowledgeable presenter so that now I present my research at many national and international conferences.”
“Dr. Nalley has been there for me, offering me personal counsel and support during a hard time in my life,” shared Hinkle. “To be honest, before Dr. Nalley’s help I questioned if I would even finish college. Now I’m graduating this December with not one but two degrees and have no doubt I’ll be competitive for any doctoral program.”
About the Program: Through the Oklahoma Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation, underrepresented college students majoring in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) are paired with faculty mentors to learn research skills. Each campus in the Oklahoma Alliance has a campus coordinator who adds extra mentoring to the students in the program.