MTU McNair Scholars Publish Cutting-Edge Research

May Waters smiles at the camera, wearing safety goggles and a lab coat in front of a computer. A microscope and other equipment is in front of her.
Image courtesy Sarah Atkinson

The McNair Scholars Program is thrilled to announce the publication of groundbreaking research by current student scholars May Waters and Sophia Jaeger. Their work, recently published in the journal Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical, marks a significant advancement in the field of biosensing technology.

Waters and Jaeger, both fourth-year chemistry majors and research assistants in Haiying Liu’s lab, have made a remarkable contribution to the understanding of NAD(P)H. Crucially, NAD(P)H fuels many of our cellular processes such as the production of energy.

McNair scholar Sophia Jaeger wearing safety goggles and a lab coat smiles while holding a pipette inside a chemical fume hood.
Image courtesy Sarah Atkinson

“We are incredibly proud of May and Sophia,” said assistant director Thomas Schlitt. “Their dedication, talent, and passion for research are truly inspiring. This publication is a testament to their hard work and the exceptional support provided by this program.”

The McNair Scholars Program helps high-achieving undergraduate students from diverse backgrounds prepare for doctoral studies. To this end, the program provides mentorship, research opportunities, and academic support, empowering students to excel in their chosen fields.

This publication exemplifies the exceptional talent fostered by Michigan Tech and programs such as these. Moreover, Waters and Jaeger’s accomplishment reflects the University’s commitment to diversity, inclusion, and excellence in research.

Inspired by these scholars’ success? Recruitment is currently ongoing for the cohort of 2023-2024 McNair student scholars and faculty mentors. Contact for more information.