McNair Research Symposium to be held virtually on Aug. 7

The McNair Scholars Program will host its annual Research Symposium on Friday, Aug. 7, to allow McNair scholars to present their summer research.

The symposium will be held virtually this year via the WebEx platform due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. We ask that anyone who wishes to attend please RSVP by Monday, Aug. 3, by filling out this form.

“Our scholars have been working hard all summer on their research projects, and we’re excited to share their work with the UW–Madison community,” said Audra K. Hernández, Ph.D., director of the McNair Scholars Program.

RSVP for the McNair Summer Research Symposium


(All times in Central Daylight Time)

  • 10 a.m.: Welcoming Remarks
  • 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.: Student Presentations
  • 12 – 1 p.m.: Intermission
  • 1 – 3 p.m.: Student Presentations
  • 3 p.m. Closing Remarks


10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

  • Health & Life Sciences Panel: Stephanie Woodson, Vershawn Hansen, Robert Hall, Emanuel Burgos-Robles
  • Psychology & Education Panel: Godwill Oke, Mukadas Abdullah, Elizandra Sandoval

1  – 3 p.m.

  • Life Sciences Panel: Luis Abreu-Socorro, Diana Tapia, Sheila Duong
  • Physical Sciences Panel: Warsa Zerome, Brandon Cortez, Drue Hood-McFadden
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Panel: Sydney Bobb, Aaron Kindard, Bailey Nandory

About McNair

The Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program creates a bridge to graduate education for eligible undergraduate students through immersion in research and a variety of scholarly activities. Students in the McNair Scholars Program join a community of peers who together will acquire the knowledge, skills and capacities necessary to successfully navigate the rigors of Ph.D. studies.

This program is funded by the US Department of Education TRIO grant and accepts applications first-generation college students from low-income circumstances and targeted minority applicants in STEM majors.