UNM Conference 2015

A group of 8 scholars and I traveled to Albuquerque, NM, for the 2015 UNM McNair Scholars Research Conference. We had a great time on the University of New Mexico campus, and our scholars did a fantastic job with their research presentations. We enjoyed good food, great scholarship, and an early morning trip to the International Balloon Fiesta. It was a super trip! Be sure to click on one of the thumbnails to scroll through the larger images.


We’ve been busy!!

The month of June was busy for the research interns. While still meeting Monday through Thursday in the library for some collective work time, we also had weekly Town Hall meetings to discuss what it means to be a professional in the academy. In addition, the scholars had the opportunity to experience a mock interview, with the help of ACU’s Career Center, and (just in case all of this wasn’t enough) we also took three afternoons to hear each scholar’s first run-through of their research presentations. Whew! All of the scholars did a great job handling everything we threw at them this month. Now all they have left to do is finish up their projects! (To see the pictures in full size, be sure to click on one and scroll through the gallery.)


May Graduation Dinner

This year, we had six wonderful scholars graduate in May. We are so proud of each of them and will miss their energy and the leadership they provided for the other scholars. May God richly bless your future endeavors as richly as we have been blessed by each of you!


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Katie and Kristen at TX ASM

Last week, two of our scholars presented their research at the Texas Branch of the American Society for Microbiology’s spring 2015 meeting in New Braunfels. They both presented posters at the conference, and from what we hear, they did a super job! Well done, you two!

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Hailey at AEJMC

As Spring Break began for our scholars, Hailey went to the University of Oklahoma to present her summer research project on young adults’ use of texting shorthand on Facebook at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication’s Midwinter Conference. Hailey was one of two undergraduates accepted to present at the conference. She and her mentor, Dr. Jessica Smith, are hoping to get the paper accepted into the main AEJMC conference that happens in August.

Congratulations, Hailey! Your department and all of us in McNair are proud of you!