July 13, 2016

Media Advisory – McNair Scholars Research

Twelve undergraduate students in a Southern Illinois University Carbondale program that prepares them for careers in research will present their work on Friday, July 15.  

Reporters, photographers and broadcast news crews are welcome to cover the 13th annual McNair Summer Research Symposium, which runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Morris Library’s John C. Guyon Auditorium.  The event includes 12 oral presentations from McNair Scholars. Topics include exploring the implementation of the migrant education program in Illinois; family size and the effects of depression and anxiety, and the portrayal of African-American women in reality television. The list of undergraduate scholars, faculty mentors and topics is at http://mcnair.siu.edu/_common/documents/2016-sir-invitation-update.pdf. 

On Thursday, July 14, six students from John A. Logan and Shawnee Community College will give poster presentations in the Southern Illinois Bridges to Baccalaureate Program. Those presentations are from 3 to 5 p.m. in the library’s first floor rotunda. 

Karen Renzaglia, a professor in plant biology and SIU McNair Scholars program director will present opening remarks. Renzaglia and Rhetta Seymour, program associate director, will present awards beginning at 2:30 p.m. 

The Summer Research Institute is an eight-week intensive program that equips McNair Scholars with the necessary research skills to succeed in graduate school.  Students pair with faculty members on their respective research projects. The SI Bridges program is funded by the National Institutes of Health and provides paid biomedical and behavioral science research training and professional development for underserved students at John A. Logan College and Shawnee Community College, who will complete a bachelor’s degree at SIU in science, technology, engineering, math or social science disciplines.  

For more information, contact Seymour at 618/453-4582.  

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.