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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Founded in 1851 in the Jesuit tradition of academic excellence, Saint Joseph’s University is a top-ranked Catholic University that provides a rigorous, student-centered education. With a total enrollment of 8,500 undergraduate and graduate students, SJU offers a wide-array of academic programs designed so that each graduate enters the world with a competitive resume and global perspective. This is achieved through intense academic study led by thought-leading faculty scholars, a comprehensive campus experience and robust study abroad, service-learning, internship and co-op programs. Upon graduation, nearly 100 percent of students are employed, pursuing advanced degrees or volunteering in prestigious service programs. A member of the Atlantic 10 Conference, SJU offers 20 Division I intercollegiate men’s and women’s sports. SJU alumni – over 60,000 strong - provide a powerful network that spans the globe.

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