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National McNair Conference at UCLA

August 31, 2022

Despite flight cancellations and travel delays, six UNC McNair Scholars students, accompanied by Instructor and Advisor, Pepper Mueller traveled to Los Angeles July 27-30th to attend the UCLA National McNair Scholars Conference.  Students had the opportunity to tour graduate programs at UCLA, Cal Tech, and the University of Southern California, attend a graduate school fair, poster presentations of undergraduate research, and orally present their own research in conference sessions. 

Keynote speakers featured Dr. J. Luke Wood, Vice President of Student Affairs & Campus Diversity and Professor of Education at San Diego State University and Dr. Gina Poe, UCLA Professor of Integrative Biology and Physiology and Director of the MARC U Star program.  Highlights of the trip also included opportunities to make new connections with fellow scholars from other institutions across the country, a visit to Hollywood’s Walk of Fame and the chance to explore the Grammy Museum in downtown L.A.