Four Northeast State alumni are participating in the Ronald E. McNair Program at East Tennessee State University will be presenting their research projects on July 20 from noon until 3 p.m. at Nicks Hall Appalachian Studies Conference Center on the ETSU campus. Northeast State graduates Cathy Blados ’12, John Goad ’09, Nancy Sarvis ’10, ’11, and Robin Walsh ’12 were selected to the McNair Program.
The Ronald E. McNair Post Baccalaureate Achievement Program is named in honor of Ronald E. McNair, an astronaut killed in the Challenger Space Shuttle explosion in 1986. The program is one of the U.S. Department of Education’s special initiatives known as TRIO that serve and assist disadvantaged students in their educational endeavors.
The summer pre-research internship is open to eligible undergraduate students from any accredited college campus; with priority given to local/regional students. The goal of the McNair program is to increase the attainment of graduate degrees; particularly PhD’s by students from underrepresented segments of society such as students who are from low-income or first generation backgrounds.