McNair Scholars Present at National McNair Conference
Eight undergraduate McNair Scholars presented their research at the 31st Annual UMBC McNair Research Conference in Baltimore, Maryland. Junior Orlensy Castillo Brito (also a Fannie Barrier Williams Scholar) was one of nine students selected nationally to present at the pre-conference Research Symposium in conjunction with the National Science Foundation and the US Department of Education.
Each student’s self-directed research was proposed and accepted into this national annual conference, which invites McNair scholars from all over the country to present, network, and learn about graduate school opportunities. Our McNair Scholars work closely with dedicated faculty mentors from Brockport on their self-directed research. Conferences such as this one are the result of their hard work and dedication to their studies and research.
One McNair Scholar, junior Orlensy Castillo Brito, also a Fannie Barrier Williams Scholar, was only one of nine students selected nationally to present at the pre-conference Research Symposium in conjunction with the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Education. Castillo’s research focuses on diversity in the STEM field and why representation matters.
Not only did the conference prove to be intellectually enlightening, scholars had several opportunities to network professionally with peers, faculty and professionals, all with the collective purpose of supporting scholars as they work to achieve PhDs.
The primary focus of the Ronald E. McNair program is to support students in meaningful ways as they work to earn PhDs in their chosen field of study. The McNair program has been a part of the Brockport campus since 1989 and serves students from underrepresented populations, students from low income, or first generation households.