DATE:  February 28, 2008
CONTACT: Dr. Susan Garza 361.825.2483; Dr. Luke Moissinac 361.825.2184; or Cassandra Hinojosa 361.825.2337
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi to Introduce First McNair Scholars to be Provided with Opportunities to Conduct Research
Cristal Renteria and Eliana Razo to Present at Upcoming International Conference

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WHO: The Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi McNair Scholars Program

WHAT: Presentation of University’s First McNair Scholars

WHEN: Monday, March 3, at 4 p.m.

WHERE: Corpus Christi Hall, Room 126

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas –The first two McNair scholars at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi will talk about the presentation they will give next month at an international conference in Washington, D.C., during a “McNair Conversation” Monday, March 3, at 4 p.m. in Corpus Christi Hall, Room 126.

Junior Eliana Razo, a communications major, and senior Cristal Renteria, a psychology major, will present their paper on second generation college students from Mexico at the Georgetown University Round Table Friday, March 14, through Sunday, March 16.

“We are very proud to present these two young women as our first McNair scholars,” said Dr. Susan Garza, associate professor of English and principal investigator for the award request. “Many of our students develop research products of this caliber, but the travel funds are not always available to support attendance at conferences. With the addition of the McNair Scholars Program, we now have additional resources that will allow us to create more opportunities for our students to attend these conferences.”

The Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement program is a national initiative that provides first-generation, low-income minority college students with paid internships and mentoring to prepare for enrollment in graduate programs. The program gives college juniors and seniors opportunities to conduct research and publish or present their findings and offers assistance in applying to graduate school.

Last fall, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi received the five-year McNair Grant totaling $1,097,575 from the U.S. Department of Education.

Ronald McNair and six other NASA astronauts died on Jan. 28, 1986, when the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded after launch from the Kennedy Space Center.