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Three McNair Scholars Accepted into Prestigious Doctoral Programs

Three TCU alumni and McNair Program Scholars have been accepted into prestigious doctoral programs. Caylin Moore ’17 will study sociology at Stanford University; Michael Carroll ’18 will study sociology at Rice University; and Ann Tran ’20 will study American Studies and Ethnicity, focusing on Asian American studies at the University of Southern California.

Caylin Moore ’17

Caylin Moore studied economics at TCU and played football with Carroll. Moore was selected as a Rhodes Scholar in 2017 and earned his master’s degree in Latin American studies at the University of Oxford. He released a memoir in 2019 year called A Dream Too Big and plans to conduct research on the connection between the state, policy and gang membership.

Michael Carroll ’18

Carroll earned his bachelor’s degree in sociology and minored in philosophy and social work while at TCU. He said he enjoyed participating in the S.P.A.R.K. (Strong Players Are Reaching Kids) program started by Moore, Carroll and others, using their platform as student-athletes to make positive change in the community through speaking engagements. Carroll plans to focus his research on culture, identity, racism and stratification.

Ann Tran ’20

Tran earned her bachelor’s degrees in English and History with a minor in Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies while at TCU. She was also part of the John V. Roach Honors College and graduated virtually in the spring. She will enter her doctoral program virtually, learning remotely at least for the fall semester.

Moore, Carroll and Tran said that the McNair Scholars Program helped provide tangible steps to doctoral studies and ultimately becoming a professor. The program is housed in TCU’s College of Education and provides research opportunities, test preparation, faculty and staff mentoring, cultural trips, campus tours and graduate application assistance for typically underrepresented students in higher education.