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Students Showcase Research At McNair Gallery Of Engagement Event

Published: 07/02/2021

Gallery Of Engagement Event

Gallery Of Engagement Event

Gannon University hosted a gallery of engagement event led by the McNair Scholars program on June 30th. The McNair Scholars program is a TRIO program funded by the U.S. Department of Education that aims to help increase a doctoral degree achievement among underrepresented populations through research and other scholarly activities.

The McNair program helps 25 students per academic year at Gannon. Sophomores through seniors can participate in the program and do this event. The main goal for this program is to conduct a strict research topic and present it. Students will be set up with a mentor that will help them through this process.

The McNair Scholars program prepares students to achieve a higher level of education and advance to graduate studies. There are workshops that are geared towards graduate prep work throughout the school year.

A small group of students in the program have been working throughout the summer to prepare to present their topics. Nine students presented at the Gallery of Engagement on interesting topics, including “Child Cognitive Development,” “Using Gamification to Enhance Compliance for High- Frequency Data Collection Schedule,” “Analysis of Bending Properties of Continuous Carbon Fiber Reinforced Composites,” and many more.  The topics are strictly research-based and are thought out for months.

 Julie Pecoraro, the McNair coordinator said, “All of the McNair Scholars did great work this past year, despite the challenges of the pandemic. This summer, the nine Scholars who participated in the Summer Research Internship continued their hard work, not only in conducting their research but in preparing for what’s next, including presenting at conferences and applying to graduate school. We are excited to see where they go from here and to support them in their next steps.”

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