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"Students gained experience in presenting research, had networking opportunities with faculty and staff and had a chance to interact in a diverse environment with scholars from across the nation," said Sarah Wynn, UW-Stout McNair Scholars Program director.
Students also attended workshops about preparing for graduate school and heard a talk by Carl McNair, brother of the program's namesake.
The Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program began nationally in 1989 to bring more first-generation college students and disadvantaged groups into higher education. It is named after McNair, a scholar and astronaut who died in the 1986 Challenger space shuttle explosion.
UW-Stout's McNair program began in fall 2009.
UW-Stout scholars who presented, their majors, research projects and faculty mentors are:
- Jesse Bruce, of Andover, Minn., psychology, "Are Two Languages Better Than One? Differences in Executive Function and Creativity Between Bilinguals and Monolinguals"; mentor, Wilma Koutstaal, University of Minnesota
- Lara Dodge, of Prairie Farm, psychology, "Music and Memory: Effects of Listening to Music While Studying in College Students"; Michael Mensick, UW-Stout
- Michael Krueger, of Milwaukee, applied science, "Expression of RNA Binding Proteins MBNL1 and CUGBP1 in Cardiomyocyte Differentiation"; Randy Daughters, UW-Stout
- Bao Lee, of Schofield, vocational rehabilitation, "Adolescent Marraige and Risk of Depression"; PaDer Vang, St. Catherine's
- Mary Marchiafava, of St. Paul, applied science, "Enrichment of Phosphoproteins from Phosvitin Digest by Strong Anion Exchange"; Jennifer Grant, UW-Stout
- Kaitlyn Olson, of Fairmont, Minn., psychology, "The Impact of Depression and Anxiety on College Transition Stress"; Suejung Han and Kathryn Hamilton, UW-Stout
- Katye Todd, of Elmwood, graphic design, "Using Light to Create Perceptual Experiences in Space and Wayfinding"; Kimberly Loken, UW-Stout
- Pang Vang, of Menomonie, art education, "Gender Inequity and Sexuality in Italian Art"; Tom Hollenback and Sarah Diebal, UW-Stout
- Samantha Wieczorek, of Mora,, Minn., business administration, "Reshoring's Impact on the U.S. Economy"; Paul Easterday, UW-Stout
- Diana Witcher, of Menomonie, graphic design, "The Art of Synthesis: A Study of John Howe's Organic Architecture and Its Japanese Influence"; Andrew Williams, UW-Stout
Two other UW-Stout McNair scholars, Logan Michels, of Colfax, and Chad Biggers, of Menomonie, attended the conference but did not present research.
Student acceptance to the prestigious McNair Scholars Program is based on specific eligibility requirements. Scholars are selected at the end of their sophomore year. They receive a paid summer research experience; tuition-waived courses and workshops; course materials; a faculty mentor to guide research; site visits to graduate schools; help with preparing for the Graduate Record Exam and graduate school applications; and travel to at least one conference.
For more information, go to the UW-Stout program website.