-- 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.