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GUIDANCE TO GROW: Wesleyan held a reception for the new Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalurate Achievement Program inside Butterfield B Suite 315 on Feb. 29. The event gave Wesleyan students, staff and faculty an opportunity to learn about the new Ronald E. McNair program, which provides financial support, mentoring, research opportunities, and academic guidance to eligible students who want pursue Ph.D. study.

Laurel Appel, senior research associate and director of the Wesleyan McNair Program, center, introduces Santos Cayetano, associate director of the McNair program to Suzanne O'Connell, director of the Service Learning Center and associate professor of earth and environmental sciences.
Pictured in center, Donna Thompson, director of Wesleyan's Upper Bound Program, co-wrote the grant application that led to Wesleyan receiving the TRIO Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program from the U.S. Department of Education. Pictured behind Thompson, from left, are Claude Moise '09 Travis Etwaroo '10, Jim
Donady, professor of biology and director of HPPI, Jessica Rosario '09 and
Jamil Alexis '10.
Ana Soto '09 and Jessica Rosario '09 mingle at the reception. At Wesleyan, McNair program funds totaling $880,000 will go towards helping first generation college students from low-income families and students who are African-American, Hispanic, Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander or Native American prepare for successful graduate careers.
Chris Jones '11 speaks with Appel at the open house. The program can serve up to 25 students each year for the next four years. Junior and senior McNair Fellows will actively participate in research with Wesleyan science and math faculty mentors, who will also help prepare the students to apply to graduate school. Wesleyan is the only Connecticut institution that is part of the McNair program.
Valerie Marinelli, administrative assistant for the McNair Program, speaks with Cayetano during the open house, which was attended by more than 30 guests. More information on the McNair Program is online at http://www.wesleyan.edu/mcnair/. (Photos by Olivia Bartlett)