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A Midsummer McNair Conference

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Last weekend, the 17th Annual McNair Research Conference was hosted by The University at Buffalo in Niagara Falls, NY. This event was a great tune-up for the upcoming 2011-12 travel season for The Graduate School at the University of North Dakota.

Throughout the conference on Friday and Saturday I had many conversations with some truly amazing students. Representing many degree interests including Engineering, Communications, and Counseling Psychology, the students at this conference were bound together by their common interest in research. I talked to so many of these students about UND’s ties to the McNair Scholars program as well as some of the research opportunities available. These students were particularly interest to learn that unlike many research institutions around the country, UND has not suffered the same cutbacks.

Niagara Falls

The spectacle of the Falls

Once the conference wrapped on Saturday evening, I had the opportunity to do a little bit of exploring. I made my way down to the Falls and was in awe at the magnificent view before me. After sending a couple of hours exploring Niagara Falls National Park it was time to find some local food. I was on my way to a local Thai restaurant when I struck up a conversation with a local hot dog vendor. After our short visit, I was convinced to try a Niagara Dog instead. It was fantastic. In fact, I found myself back at the hot dog stand an hour later ready for seconds (side note: I don’t typically like hot dogs!). If you ever find yourself in Niagara Falls, I strongly recommend the hot dog stand at the corner of Old Falls St. and 3rd St.

Niagara Rapids

The rapids at Niagara

Yes, this conference was a great way to kick off The Graduate School’s Fall recruitment season!

by David Konerza
Graduate Recruitment Specialist 


Written by School of Graduate Studies

July 21, 2011 at 8:04 am

Posted in recruitment, research

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