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TRiO McNair Scholars presented impressive research

McNair-Scholars-2012.jpgThe 2012 U of M TRiO Ronald E. McNair Scholars presented their research this month at the annual Poster Symposium and U of M Research Symposium. President Kaler and Mrs. Kaler attended the poster symposium along with staff from area senate and congressional offices. Photos from the event are posted here.

The poster sessions highlighted the research efforts of 20 McNair scholars, including eight CEHD undergraduates, and their U of M faculty mentors. The McNair Scholars Program is one of three U.S. Department of Education funded TRiO programs housed in CEHD. The program seeks to increase the doctoral program application, matriculation, and degree attainment by underrepresented and first-generation college students.

The 2012 cohort included students from the U of M Duluth and Rochester campuses, Carleton College, and the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point. A complete list of the 2012 scholars and their faculty mentors can be found here.

"I am extremely proud of the hard work and commitment of the 2012 scholars," says Anthony Albecker, McNair Scholars director. "Scholars not only articulately and confidently shared their research with a wide audience, but had fun doing so. I am also thankful to the many outstanding faculty who have volunteered their time, talent, and research expertise to make graduate school a reality for the McNair Scholars they mentored."

Albecker notes this is a challenging time, as the U.S. Department of Education has cut $10 million in funding for the McNair programs. This dramatic cut will eliminate a third of all McNair programs across the country. Information about the efforts to restore McNair funding can be found here.

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