McNair scholars to showcase research at Sept. 29 symposium


McNair scholars will present their summer research to the Central Michigan University community at 1 p.m., Sept. 29 in the Charles V. Park Library. 

“The McNair Scholars Program works with low-income, first-generation and underrepresented students,” said Kimberly Whitney, secretary for the Office for Institutional Diversity and Inclusion.  “The goal of our program is to prepare them for direct entry into a fully funded Ph.D. program directly out of undergrad.”  

During the summer, the scholars worked with faculty mentors to aid in their areas of research. After partaking in research at the McNair Summer Research Institute, the scholars wrote research papers that will be featured at the event. 

“The symposium is their opportunity to share and present their research with the other students, faculty, staff, and community,” Whitney says. 

Topics of research include media framing of the Flint water crisis, undergraduate service with people with dementia and correlations between flavor and preference in food pellets and weight change in rats.