About McNair Scholars Program - Marian University

This site is the news portal for the McNair Scholars Program at Marian University in Wisconsin. It is designed to circulate information about the program, as well as the accomplishments of its participants and support team. The McNair Scholars Program, also known as the Ronald E. McNair Post Baccalaureate Achievement Program, is one of the Federal TRIO programs. It is specifically designed to prepare participants for graduate studies through involvement in research and other scholarly activities. This program, established in 1986 and named in honor of Challenger space shuttle astronaut Ronald E. McNair, Ph.D., is underwritten by the Department of Education. The goal of McNair Scholars Program is to increase the attainment of graduate degrees by students in all disciplines from historically underrepresented segments of society. Program participants are either first generation college students who meet the federal financial eligibility, or from ethnic backgrounds that lack representation in graduate level education. At Marian University, the McNair Scholars Program prepares students to pursue graduate studies by providing opportunities to define personal goals, engage in research, and to develop the skills and student faculty mentor relationships vital to success at the graduate level. The ultimate goal of this program is to lead students to the pathway of earning a doctorate degree. Institutions that receive the award work closely with these participants through their undergraduate requirements, encourage their entrance into graduate programs, and track their progress through to their successful completion of advanced degrees. There are currently more than 200 McNair Programs across the country; and Marian University is proud to be one of the recipients of this grant.

Art Therapy and Its Role in PTSD Treatment for Combat Veterans

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My summer research project for the McNair Scholars Program was centered on the use of art therapy, specifically visual journaling, as a treatment for combat-related Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) syndrome.  I partnered with Dryhootch America in Milwaukee to recruit participants and conduct … Continue reading

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Immigration and Its Impacts on Businesses: Focus Point of McNair Research Project

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This past summer, as a participant in the McNair Scholars Program at Marian University, I conducted a research project on immigration and its impact on businesses. I worked with Dr. Jeffrey Reed, Dean of the School of Business and Public … Continue reading

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A Transformative Undergraduate Research Experience

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Marian University student and McNair program participant, Maria Weeks, reflects on her experience conducting an undergraduate research project on the combined therapeutic power of art and nature. As part of the McNair research experience, I developed an Art Therapy/Nature Therapy … Continue reading

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Marian University Student Explores Youth Violence Issues

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This summer, I worked with Dr. Michael Doherty, as my research mentor, on youth gun violence in the United States. I used a model called Q Methodology to find correlations with law enforcement and program administrators who interact the most … Continue reading

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