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Eagle STEM Scholars Program

Eagle STEM Scholars Program

About the Program

Staff Information

Rachel C. Law

113A Sims Science Building  

Staff: Law, RachelRachel Law was named the Director of the Eagle STEM Scholars Program in 2011. The science diversity program is part of the five-year INBRE (Internal Network for Biomedical Research Excellence) Grant, and it aims to increase the number of science scholars from underrepresented minority, low income, and first generation college students planning to matriculate to Ph.D.'s in biomedical sciences.

Law has been an adjunct instructor at Winthrop since fall 2009 following an extended career in industry. After graduating from West Virginia University with a degree in chemical engineering, Law pursued a career in industry which included the position of director of research for a major chemical corporation.

She has been engaged in the academic community in various capacities serving on numerous committees and boards, including the Industrial Advisory Committee for the Department of Chemical Engineering at WVU and the Board of Trustees for York Technical College. She has been active in organizations such as NOBCChE and has served as a diversity advocate. Law's awareness of other cultures has been enhanced by her travels to Europe, the far East, Africa, and North America. She was a contributing author to the Wiley-VCH publication Cellulose Acetates: Properties and Applications.


Cliff HarrisStaff: Harris, Cliff
Assistant Director

302 Sims Science Building

Cliff Harris is a new faculty member at Winthrop, joining the Chemistry department in July 2011 as a visiting assistant professor, where he currently teaches Chemistry 105. He also serves as the assistant director of the Eagle STEM scholars program. Cliff Harris received his Bachelors of Science in Chemistry from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, where he was a member of the prestigious Meyerhoff scholarship program. Afterwards, he attended the University of Notre Dame, where he received his PhD in Chemistry, with a research focus on electron transfer in semiconductor assemblies for solar energy assemblies.


Staff: Johnson, Destinee


Destinee Johnson
113A Sims Science Building

Destinee Johnson is a senior chemistry major at Winthrop University where she is a Ronald E. McNair Scholar and Honors program student. She has been a part of the Eagle STEM scholars program since her freshman year as a student program advisor and mentor. Destinee is involved actively in the chemistry department through biochemistry research with Dr. Nicholas Grossoehme and as the president of the Student Affiliates of the American Chemical Society. After graduation, she plans to teach high school chemistry before pursuing her Ph.D. in chemistry.


Staff: Abell, MaryMary C. Abell
Administrative Assistant

113A Sims Science Building

Mary Abell is a graduate of Central Piedmont Community College and More Than Conquerors College, both of Charlotte, NC, and York Technical College, Rock Hill, SC. During a long career of 28 years at a Fortune 500 company, Mary held several positions which included the plant manager’s administrative assistant, human resources support, network specialist, and computer operator. After the closure of the plant, she attended York Technical College and received an Associate Degree in Computer Technology followed by an internship at Abitibi-Bowater. In the summer of 2011, Mary joined Winthrop as the administrative assistant for the Eagle STEM Scholars program. She serves in a supportive role to the program director and staff. Mary and her husband are the proud parents of one daughter. She is very active in her church as the praise team leader, choir director, and the adult Sunday school teacher. She enjoys spending time with her family and baking.