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McNair Honoree 2015

Dr. Michael Webber

As a child, Michael Webber was fascinated by venomous creatures. The sight of scorpions and snakes causes most to run, but not Michael Webber. A graduate of Mojave High School, Michael joined the UNLV Dr. Ronald E. McNair Scholars Institute in 2008. Later that year she earned a baccalaureate degree in biology and went on to begin her doctoral studies. The McNair Post-Baccalaureate Scholarship helped fund the first year of her graduate studies. In May 2014, Michael completed her doctoral degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and was recognized as an outstanding graduate during UNLV’s spring commencement. Her final grade point average was an impressive 3.97 GPA and she already has seven research articles to her name, including work as co-author of an article about the landmark discovery of a new scorpion species in Death Valley, CA. This article was published in various newspapers and online media giving her the opportunity to share her research with the public.

In addition to being a McNair Scholar, Dr. Webber’s accomplishments include earning a highly competitive Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant from the National Science Foundation and the Wolzinger Family Research Scholarship. She has been published in the Journal of Evolutionary Biology, featured in USA Today and other national newspapers and online media. A frequent guest speaker in classrooms and wildlife parks across the region, Dr. Webber hopes that her excitement for science will provide a spark for children to consider a career in the field. Dr. Webber is an instructor at UNLV and the College of Southern Nevada where she teaches introductory biology labs for both science and non-science majors.