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McNairUndergraduate students at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh who are interested in attaining an advanced degree are invited to apply for the prestigious Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program by Friday, Nov. 20. Twenty-five spots are open in the program at UWO.

Funded by a TRIO grant from the U.S. Department of Education, the McNair Scholars Program aims to increase the number of student groups underrepresented at the doctoral level.

Students in the program are paired with a faculty mentor to design, implement and complete a significant research project. They take part in paid summer internships and receive housing stipends, academic counseling and tutoring, career counseling and guidance and assistance with GRE preparation and the graduate school application process.

In 2014-2015, UW Oshkosh McNair Scholars studied such topics as how universities attract and retain African American women in doctoral programs, the antimicrobial properties of commonly available skin barrier protection compounds for wrestlers, the role of skin tone and waist-to-hip ratio in judgments of attraction and the effects of crowd noise on river otter behavior.

To be eligible for the program in 2015-2016, students must be either a first-generation college student and qualify as a low-income student according to federal guidelines or qualify as a member of an underrepresented minority group.

For more information, contact program director Mary Seaman or pick up an application packet in Halsey Science Center, Room 160.

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