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COE Undergraduate Alexa Hodge to Present at McNair Conference

College of Education undergraduate Alexa Hodge is scheduled to present at the 18th Annual Penn State McNair Scholars Summer Research Conference this coming weekend, July 16–18.

by David Price (July 2010)

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- College of Education undergraduate Alexa Hodge (Rehabilitation and Human Services) will be presenting at the 18th Annual Penn State McNair Scholars Summer Research Conference this coming weekend, July 16–18. Hodge's oral presentation is titled “The Influence of Family on First Generation College Students.”

Penn State's McNair Scholars Program began in October 1991. The conference provides an opportunity for McNair Scholars to present their summer research findings to a national audience, network with students and staff from McNair programs across the country, and meet with graduate admissions personnel from many institutions.

Congress established the Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program in 1989, three years after the Challenger space shuttle incident, which claimed the life of Dr. Ronald E. McNair. The program is a federally funded TRIO program that prepares low-income, first-generation undergraduate students and students underrepresented in graduate education for doctoral study through research and other scholarly activities.