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McNair Scholars Participate in Summer Retreat

Six St. Lawrence University summer research assistants enrolled in the Ronald E. McNair Post-baccalaureate Achievement Program participated from May 28 to June 2 in the 2019 Ronald E. McNair summer retreat hosted by Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky.

The students included Raven Larcom ’20, a biology and art and art history double major from Bethlehem, New Hampshire; Marcelo Ortiz ’21, a psychology major from Penfield, New York; Carla Martinez-Perez ’21, a neuroscience major from San Juan, Puerto Rico; Skylar Ratcliffe ’21, a chemistry and mathematics double major, from Dickinson Center, New York; Susan Lui ’21, a statistics and government double major from East Elmhurst, New York; and, Makenna Burr ’21, a biology major from Forestport, New York. 

The St. Lawrence contingent joined 50 other McNair scholars from around the country to learn about the graduate school application process as well as preparing their CVs, searching institutions with similar research interests, and funding opportunities.

Among the presenters was Donald Asher, one of the nation's foremost authorities on the graduate admissions process who had visited the St. Lawrence campus earlier this year, to assists students with personal statements and the process of applying to graduate and Ph.D. programs. Students also heard from St. Lawrence alumnus Louis Ray ’71 and participated in mock-interviews with deans of admissions of Vanderbilt University and the University of Louisville graduate programs. During their free time, students spent time horseback riding, taking archery lessons, hiking trails, and learning about the ecosystems around Lake Barkley State Resort Park in Cadiz, Kentucky.  

The McNair Scholars Program is a federally funded TRIO program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education. It is named in honor of Dr. Ronald E. McNair, a pioneering African American astronaut who died in the 1986 Space Shuttle Challenger explosion. The McNair program is designed to motivate and support students who are underrepresented in graduate education, who meet economic eligibility requirements, and who may be the first in their families to attend college. The program is also meant to increase the attainment of the Ph.D. by students from underrepresented groups.

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