UW News

April 26, 2007

Conference spotlights McNair, Early Identification Program scholars

A research conference spotlighting the work of McNair and Early Identification Program scholars will be held Friday and Saturday, May 4 and 5 at the HUB.

The Ronald E. McNair Program, administered by the Office of Minority Affairs, prepares undergraduates for doctoral study through involvement in research and scholarly activities. By fostering mentoring relationships, promoting undergraduate research, assisting with GRE preparation, and encouraging students to attend and present at conferences, the program aims to produce highly competitive graduate school applicants who have the skills and experiences necessary to succeed in their programs.

The Early Identification Program for Graduate and Professional Studies, administered by the Graduate School’s Graduate Opportunities and Minority Achievement Program, encourages and assists UW undergraduates from educationally and economically disadvantaged backgrounds to enter graduate or professional school. Since 1985, EIP has helped students identify their goals and develop strategies for obtaining admission to the nation’s top graduate and professional programs.

At the conference, scholars from both programs will show off their original research through oral and poster presentations. And this year for the first time, the conference will also showcase the research of of McNair scholars from other universities. In addition, there will be workshops on graduate school.

The conference will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday. The keynote address during Friday’s lunch will be given by UW McNair scholar alum Christina Roberts, who will start a new job as assistant professor at Seattle University in the fall.

For further information go to http://depts.washington.edu/uwmcnair/conference.htm or contact the staff at uwmcnair@u.washington.edu or eip@u.washington.edu