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A student presents at the McNair research poster competition in 2012. This year's competition is being expanded to include McNair Scholars, as well as other undergraduate and graduate students wishing to present their scholarly research.

National McNair Fair

UD hosts event offering professional development, networking opportunities


1:45 p.m., Sept. 24, 2013--The University of Delaware will host the 11th National McNair Scholars Research Competition and Graduate School Fair on Friday, Oct. 18, at the Trabant University Center

One of eight federally funded TRIO Programs, the Ronald E. McNair Post Baccalaureate Achievement Program offers effective preparation for doctoral study to low-income, first-generation college students and students from groups underrepresented in graduate education.

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This year, the annual gathering at UD will not only include McNair Scholars, but also branch out to involve other student researchers.

“We look forward to welcoming undergraduate and graduate scholars nationwide to the University of Delaware for a day of professional development and networking at a leading U.S. research university,” said Kim Saunders, director of the McNair Scholars Program at UD. “We also invite the greater community to visit the Graduate School Fair, which will feature graduate programs from the University of Delaware and many other academic institutions.”

In the past, the research competition was only open to McNair Scholars. However, this year, the event is open to undergraduate and graduate students wishing to present scholarly research, Saunders said. 

Posters will be judged by discipline, and monetary prizes will be awarded to first-, second- and third-place winners. 

Students interested in presenting a research poster should visit this webpage and follow the guidelines for submitting a poster abstract. The deadline for submitting poster abstracts is Tuesday, Oct. 1. Those selected to present will be notified of their finalist status by Oct. 4. 

The Graduate School Fair, which is free and open to the public, will feature representatives from more than 80 graduate school programs at UD and across the United States. The graduate fair will be open from 4-7 p.m. in the Multipurpose Rooms at Trabant University Center. 

Seminars, campus tours and a McNair Scholars Interest Session also will be offered as part of the day’s activities. 

For more information, visit the McNair website or contact program staff at 302-831-4396 or

The McNair Scholars Program is named for the late physicist and NASA astronaut Ronald E. McNair, who lost his life aboard NASA’s ill-fated Challenger mission. After his death, Congress provided funding for the McNair Scholars Program, which is dedicated to the high standards of achievement he inspired.

UD is one of 158 McNair Programs funded at colleges and universities across the U.S., which collectively serve nearly 4,500 students. 

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