McNair Scholars Research Symposium to be held on Nov. 14

The McNair Scholars Program at Lamar University is proud to host the 24th Annual McNair Scholars Research Symposium on the 8th floor of the Mary and John Gray Library on Tuesday, Nov. 14.  This event is open to all academic disciplines and offers a platform for undergraduate students to share their research through presentations across a spectrum of programs.  This showcase event is the perfect opportunity for our students to illustrate their hard work and dedication to the pursuit of knowledge.Mary and John Gray Library

Student presentations will begin at 3 p.m. and a buffet dinner and program will be served beginning at 5 p.m. to those who register for the event.  We are very excited to share that our keynote speaker for this year's Symposium will be Carl S. McNair, brother of Dr. Ronald McNair.  The first 200 attendees will receive a FREE copy of Carl S. McNair’s book In the Spirit of Ronald E. McNair, Astronaut, An American Hero

The Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program is a federally funded initiative that provides first-generation, low-income, minority college students with paid internships and mentoring to prepare for enrollment in graduate programs.  The program offers college juniors and seniors opportunities to conduct research and publish or present their findings and lends assistance in applying to graduate school.  Benefits include a stipend of up to $2,800 to work with and be mentored by a McNair Research faculty member during the summer. 

To be eligible for the program, students must meet the following criteria:

  • Be defined as low income by U.S. Department of Education standards and a first-generation college student, or a member of an underrepresented group in graduate education (Black-non-Hispanic, Hispanic, and American Indian/Alaskan Native).
  • Have a minimum cumulative 3.0 grade point average, be enrolled full-time, and in good standing with the University.
  • Have a minimum of 45 credit hours.
  • Be a U.S. Citizen, or permanent resident/citizen of U.S. protectorates.
  • Desire to pursue a Ph.D. after graduation (This program is not geared toward students who plan to pursue degrees in medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, or law). 

This prestigious federal program is dedicated to the memory of Dr. Ronald McNair, one of seven NASA astronauts who died on Jan. 28, 1986, when the Space Shuttle Challenger was tragically lost seconds after launch from the Kennedy Space Center. 

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