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McNair Scholars Attend Annual National McNair Conference

Eighteen McNair scholars recently traveled to Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, to attend the 21st annual National McNair Research Conference and Graduate School Fair on November 9–11, 2012. The conference, sponsored by the Mid-America Association of Educational Opportunity Program Personnel and University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, was held at the beautiful Grand Geneva Resort and Spa.

The scholars were accompanied by Calvin Masilela, Director, IUP Trio Programs and professor, Geography and Regional Planning, and Hilary Staples, assistant director of the McNair Program.

Seventeen scholars presented their research, including Brandon Bobbitt, Nursing; Nicholas Brock, Political Science; Michelle Dufford, Anthropology; Amber Fishel, Criminology; Anthony Flowers, Business; Robin Fulmer, Nutrition; Jawanda Jackson, Regional Planning; Laurin Jefferson, English Education; Lisa McCann, Anthropology (formerly Business); Dan O’Hara, Geoscience; Jovana Ramos, Spanish; Nicole Reinaker, Art History; Joshua Riffe, Exercise Science; Thobani Shaba, Natural Science; Christina Sponsky, Nutrition; Michele Troutman, Anthropology; and Naporje Washington, Sociology. Altagracia Moquette, Criminology, participated as an attendee.

The McNair Program would like to thank the following faculty mentors who have guided these scholars in their original research projects: Theresa Shellenbarger, Susan Martin, Victor Garcia, John Lewis, James Rodger, Nathan McElroy, Whit Watts, Judith Villa, Joette Wisnieski, Jon Lewis, Laura Delbrugge, Irene Kabala, Madeline Pasternostro Bayles, Jonathan Southard, Nicole Clark, Beverly Chiarulli, and Melanie Hildebrandt.

Congratulations, McNair scholars, on a job well done!

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