July 11, 2013

Media Advisory – McNair Scholars Research

Twenty undergraduate students in a Southern Illinois University Carbondale program that prepares them for careers in research will present their work on Friday, July 12.

Reporters, photographers and broadcast news crews are welcome to cover the 10th annual McNair/ILSAMP Summer Research Symposium, which runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Morris Library’s John C. Guyon Auditorium.  The event includes 11 oral presentations from McNair Scholars and nine poster presentations from Saluki Research Rookies. Topics will include how African American college students view counseling services on college campuses, price relationships between local farmers markets to chain grocery stores, the effect ethnicity has on perceptions of job performance and leadership qualities, and how female college athletes challenge and confront negative stereotypes.

McNair Scholar Shahan Bellamy, a junior in Cinema and Photography, is one of 11 oral presenters and he will reflect on research experiences beginning at 9 a.m.  Karen Renzaglia, a professor in plant biology and SIU McNair Scholars program director, will present opening remarks.  David Dilalla, associate professor of psychology and associate provost for academic affairs, will present awards beginning at 2:15 p.m.

The Summer Research Institute is an eight-week intensive program that equips McNair Scholars and Illinois Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (ILSAMP) students with the necessary research skills to succeed in graduate school.  Students pair with faculty members on their respective research projects. The Saluki Research Rookies Program is for freshmen and sophomores and involves faculty-mentored, hands-on research activities.

For more information, contact Rhetta Seymour, associate director of the McNair Scholars Program at 618/453-4585.

The McNair Scholars Program honors the late Ronald E. McNair, a physicist and astronaut who died in the January 1986 explosion of the Challenger space shuttle.