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!


GRE Workshop

A brave group of McNair and Alpha Scholars gathered on three consecutive Saturdays to learn more about the Graduate Records Examination (GRE). Since the GRE is the standardized entrance exam that most programs require for admission to graduate school, it is a major part of the McNair experience. We are super proud of these scholars for taking the initiative to come and learn more about this complicated exam!


Taking a pre-test before the instruction begins


More pre-test fun!


And now we get down to business — math first thing in the morning.


2015 Research Orientation

This past Saturday was Research Orientation day! We met with our 14 new scholars and 3 second-year researchers to go over program and research internship expectations. Everyone was cheerful and engaging, despite the fact that we were meeting on a Saturday to go over material that can be a bit tedious. The Program staff are looking forward to our summer with this group!

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Honoring December Graduates

Tuesday night, we gathered to celebrate our three December graduates. We were honored to have mentors, family, and friends of the scholars join us as we honored the accomplishments of these three wonderful people.While we are sad to see each of them move on, we are also brimming with anticipation as we await the news of where they will be for the next chapter in their lives — graduate school! Graduates, we are thankful for each of you. May this next phase in your life be a blessing to you and to those you will serve in the future.