Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity

May 14, 2012

UW Hosts 20th Annual Pacific Northwest McNair/EIP/GO-MAP Research Conference

Over 70 undergraduate McNair scholars and colleagues representing 14 regional and national Universities will converge on the University of Washington campus for the 20thannual Pacific Northwest McNair/EIP/GO-MAP Research Conference, May 17-19.

The conference is an opportunity for students, faculty, and staff to convene and share intellectual ideas, engage in a variety of discussions and build collegial relationships. Students will participate in paper and poster presentations highlighting year-long collaborative research in the social science, STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), and humanities fields.

The event will feature the work of 32 UW students who are affiliated with the McNair Scholars Program, the Presidential Scholars Program, and/or the Early Identification Program.  They will be joined by students from Boise State; California State University, Dominguez Hills; California State University, East Bay; Central Washington; Eastern Washington; Heritage University; Minnesota State University, Mankato; Portland State; St. Mary’s University; UC Davis; University of North Texas; University of St. Thomas; University Wisconsin, River Falls; and Washington State.

The three-day conference includes a welcome social in Kane Hall on May 17, poster and oral presentations in Mary Gates Hall on May 18, and a panel discussion at the Odegaard Undergraduate Library on May 19. For the second consecutive year, the McNair Conference will be held in conjunction with the UW’s Undergraduate Research Symposium.

The Ronald E. McNair Program is a federally funded TRiO program that offers graduate preparation services to low-income, first generation and underrepresented students. Additional sponsors include the Early Identification Program (EIP) for Graduate Studies and the Graduate School’s Graduate Opportunities & Minority Achievement Program (GO–MAP), a vehicle for undergraduate scholars to connect with colleagues engaging in graduate education.

More information, including a detailed schedule, is available on the conference web site. Specific questions can be directed to

View photos from last year’s conference.