"Whether or not you reach your goals in life depends entirely on how well you prepare for them and how badly you want them.
Stretch your wings and fly to the sky."
Ronald E. McNair, Ph.D.
Named to honor the African-American astronaut who perished with the Challenger mission, this TRIO program assists eligible students to prepare for and enter graduate programs leading to the Ph.D. Each year at UW-Eau Claire ten to twelve new undergraduate McNair Scholars embark upon two years of intensive mentoring, specialized curricular and co-curricular offerings, collaborative research, and paid internships, all of which groom these candidates for.
For more information on our program, please download and view our
The McNair Program Alumni Panel Discussion held on April 26, 2016. > view video
The panel of three doctoral degree holders, who were McNair scholars, share their professional journeys and illustrate how the McNair program helped support their path to success. Participants include:
- Dr. Jimmy Gosse, Microbiologist at AURI
- Dr. Caroline Otto, Assistant Professor of mathematics at UW-Eau Claire
- Dr. Wendy Geniusz, Associate Professor of American Indian Studies at UW-Eau Claire
2016 TRiO Mentor Award recipients
Dr. Jennifer Dahl, chemistry
Dr. Dahl first became a McNair Mentor in the Fall of 2013 when she nominated Tayo Sanders for consideration as a McNair Scholar.
Dr. Kevin Klatt, psychology
As the Director of the Campus Autism Program, Dr. Klatt's research and the CAP have provided the opportunity for no fewer than five McNair Scholars to conduct research into the development and learning styles of children diagnosed with Autism. >