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Released January 20, 2005


HATTIESBURG -- The University of Southern Mississippi's McNair Scholars Program will honor the memory of Dr. Ronald McNair, an astronaut on the 1986 Challenger spacecraft mission that ended in tragedy when the spacecraft exploded, killing McNair and the other astronauts on board. The ceremony will be held at noon Jan. 24 in the University Commons, Rooms A and B.

In addition to the ceremony, mentors for the McNair Scholars Program will participate in an orientation session with 13 of the newest scholars in the program, which helps low-income, first-generation college students who show potential for academic achievement at the graduate school level attain a doctoral degree and pursue a career in higher education.

Participants in the McNair Scholars Program conduct a research project of their own design with a faculty mentor, and receive a stipend for their research. McNair Scholars take part in seminars and workshops throughout the year on topics related to graduate school preparation and also have the opportunity to present their research at local and national conferences and visit prospective graduate schools.

For more information, contact the McNair Scholars Program at Southern Miss by calling (601) 266-6910.



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February 24, 2005 3:27 PM