McNair Scholars Cohort 3 Summer Research Symposium is July 27

The third McNair Scholars Program Summer Research Symposium, "Passion to Achieve Great Things," will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. and 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 27, in the O’Shaughnessy Educational Center auditorium. The morning session will feature a student-panel discussion on “Diversity Challenges Facing U.S. Higher Education.” The afternoon session will feature individual student-research presentations.

The summer symposium provides new McNair Scholars the opportunity to present their undergraduate research in a professional environment in dialogue with campus and community constituencies. Scholars present their preliminary research projects and debate historical and contemporary issues in higher education to a public audience.

The simulated academic panel discussion is led by two teams of undergraduates who will assess, interrogate and propose solutions on a range of issues, including affirmative action, race, gender, student and faculty mentoring, internationalization and domestic diversity, as well as ethical challenges within American higher education. There will be an opportunity for the audience to interact with the scholars after the presentations through a Q-and-A session. In the afternoon, each scholar will have up to 10 minutes followed by a five-minute Q-and-A session. Twelve scholars will present on a range of research topics. Both events are free and open to the university community and public.

Cohort 3 scholars presenting on July 27 are:

  • Breanna Alston
  • Adam Baker
  • Sarah Cameron
  • Abdikarin Gure
  • Kate Hallock
  • David Ingram
  • Yusuf Kalif
  • Foua Khang
  • Sally Mahmoud
  • Sandra Moran
  • Robin Willenbring
  • Jenny Xiong

I invite you to preview the second edition of the McNair Scholars Research Journal, which features the independent research projects of McNair Scholars from Cohort 2.

The Ronald E. McNair Post Baccalaureate Achievement Program (McNair Scholars Program) is designed to encourage first-generation college students from limited income means and students from groups historically underrepresented in higher education to pursue doctoral study. The program provides a multitude of supports and services such as a summer research program, faculty mentorship, seminars and workshops, cultural excursions and professional development activities, extensive GRE test preparation, and academic and career development support to prepare eligible undergraduate students for a successful transition into some of the best graduate schools and programs across the United States.