John P. McNulty Scholars Welcomed to Saint Joseph’s

Full-tuition scholarships encourage math and science careers for women

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

PHILADELPHIA (Sept. 26, 2012) - Saint Joseph’s University and Anne Welsh McNulty announced the fourth cohort of young women to receive the John P. McNulty Scholarship for Excellence in Science and Math. The three scholars, Christina Freeman of Hatboro, Pa.; Heidi Kurn, of Troy, Mich.; and Kathleen Logan of Springfield, Pa., will each receive a four-year, full-tuition, merit-based scholarship and will participate in an intensive mentoring and research program.

“McNulty Scholars are young women who dare to be the best,” says McNulty, a former managing director of Goldman Sachs, whose generous support of the program honors her late husband, alumnus John P. McNulty ’74. “John exuded energy, creativity and ambition. Through this program, we hope to ignite the same extraordinary spirit in others.”

The scholarship program is on the leading edge of the University’s efforts to nurture the professional success of women. “The McNulty Scholars are immersed in a challenging learning environment designed to inspire them to seek and assume leadership roles at the top of their professions,” says Christina King Smith, Ph.D., professor of biology and director of the scholarship program.

Even as more women pursue an education in mathematics and the sciences, they are still underrepresented in top positions in industry and academia. King Smith says that because hands-on experience is a critical component of success, the scholars engage in full-time, faculty-mentored research in mathematics, computer science, actuarial science or one of the natural sciences.

In addition to hands-on study, King Smith notes that the scholars will hold internships in research and business settings, complete a senior capstone experience and engage in professional development activities designed to bolster networking, marketing and communication skills.

The scholars will each work with a faculty mentor: Karen Snetselaar, Ph.D., chair and professor of biology, will mentor Freeman, a biology major; Jean Smolen, Ph.D., associate professor of chemistry and director of the environmental science program, will mentor Kurn, a chemistry major; Clint Springer, Ph.D., assistant professor of biology, will mentor Logan, also a biology major. 

The upper-class scholars will also act as mentors for the latest cohort. “These mentorship experiences will help prepare them to be leaders in these highly competitive fields that are so vital to the national economy,” King Smith adds.

“John was a firm believer in the power of women to achieve greatness in their chosen fields,” says McNulty. “He inspired them to take risks, and challenged them to tackle problems creatively and enthusiastically.”

Alumnus John P. McNulty ’74 is remembered for his leadership at Goldman Sachs, where he headed the Investment Management Division and served as a member of the Management Committee. He is also known for his leadership in philanthropy, especially his dedication to Saint Joseph’s University.

As an undergraduate accounting major, McNulty served as student body president and later became a respected member of the Saint Joseph’s University Board of Trustees, managing the University endowment and leading the formation of the New York Council of SJU alumni, parents and friends. Throughout his life, he sought to mentor younger associates and to challenge women to achieve their fullest potential.

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As Philadelphia's Jesuit, Catholic University, founded by the Society of Jesus in 1851, Saint Joseph's University provides a rigorous, student-centered education rooted in the liberal arts. SJU ranks as a top university in the Northeast, with a Phi Beta Kappa chapter in the College of Arts and Sciences and AACSB accreditation of the  Erivan K. Haub School of Business. The University is also deeply committed to the Jesuit tradition of scholarship and service, earning a place on the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll and the community engagement classification from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. With courses offered on campus and online, SJU prepares its more than 8,000 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students to lead lives of personal excellence, professional success and engaged citizenship.


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