UNH Hosts New England Consortium
Of McNair Scholars April 15-16
Contact: Denise Hart
UNH Media Relations
April 8, 2005
Editors, News Directors: A downloadable, high-resolution photograph
of keynote speaker Carl McNair is available at: http://www.unh.edu/news/img/diwul/carlmcnair.jpg.
DURHAM, N.H. –The University of New Hampshire’s McNair
Graduate Opportunity Program hosts the New England Consortium of
McNair Scholars Friday and Saturday, April 15-16, 2005. Forty undergraduate
student scholars from UNH, the University of Vermont, Boston College,
University of Massachusetts–Boston and other regional colleges
will share their academic research, network with faculty, and explore
graduate programs at the university.
The public is invited to attend the consortium to learn about the
students’ research projects at a poster session April 15,
from 8-9 p.m., to listen to their oral presentations April 16,
from 9 a.m. – noon, and to hear the keynote address by Carl
McNair, also April 16, at 3 p.m. All events take place in the New
England Center at the Durham campus. Metered parking is available
nearby, and no permits are required for UNH parking lots after 6
p.m. and on weekends.
UNH hosts the McNair Graduate Opportunities Program along with colleges
and universities across the country. It is one of four federally
funded TRIO programs at the university. The program was established
in 1986 in honor of Dr. Ronald McNair, one of the seven astronauts
who perished aboard the Challenger space shuttle in 1986. More than
20,000 McNair Scholar alumni have participated in the McNair Scholars
Program and with more than 100 earning their doctorate degrees.
The UNH McNair Scholars Program has served 189 participants since
its first grant award in 1991, 57 students earned master’s
degrees and 13 earned academic and professional doctorate degrees.
Currently, 42 of the UNH McNair Scholars alumni are pursuing graduate
education and 21 are enrolled in Ph.D. programs.
Keynote speaker Carl McNair, the brother of Ronald E. McNair, is
the founder and president of the Dr. Ronald E. McNair Foundation,
Inc. in Atlanta, Georgia. Carl McNair is dedicated to developing
and implementing educational programs that motivate and encourage
students to pursue careers in science, mathematics and technology.
A graduate of North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University,
he earned his bachelor’s degree in industrial technology and
an MBA from Babson College. McNair is the author of a new book,
From Slave Ship to Space Ship, an inspirational and motivational
biography of the life and achievements of his brother, due to be
released next year.
McNair was instrumental in creating the foundation’s Space
and Science Camps, the Challengers Club Science Mentoring Program,
and the In-Service Teachers Training Program. He also conducts Space
Science workshops for TRIO programs across the country.
For more information about the consortium, please contact Amanda
Powell, consortium chair, at 862-0088 or visit the UNH McNair Graduate
Opportunities Program website at: http://www.unh.edu/mcnair.