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Idaho State University

About TRIO McNair

TRIO McNair Programs were established in 1986 by the U.S. Department of Education and named after astronaut and Challenger space shuttle crew member Dr. Ron McNair.

Idaho State University TRIO McNair Scholars Program is one of several TRIO programs funded by the U.S. Department of Education supporting the academic achievement of students from groups traditionally underrepresented in higher education.The purpose of the TRIO McNair Scholars Program is to assist with the academic and professional development of undergraduate students whose goals are to research at the college level and obtain a PhD. 

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Program Benefits

Who is eligible?

McNair Scholar Cohorts

McNair Scholars Program Nomination

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McNair Faculty Partners

Finding a mentor who is willing to supervise the academic and research process for TRIO McNair Scholars is an integral part of this program. Faculty Partners serve as guides to an in-depth field of study, experts on specific topics and, in many cases, academic coaches and friends. Once admitted into the TRIO McNair Scholars Program, each scholar will be assigned a Research Mentor (RM) and Faculty Mentor (FM). McNair staff will work to identify mentors who are compatible for each student based major and research interest.

Research Mentors

McNair Scholars Program Staff

Denise Tambasco, Ed. D.

Student Support Services/McNair Scholars Program Director

Office: Museum Building, Room 446

(208) 282-3514

Reinalyn Echon

SSS/McNair Programming Specialist

Office: Museum Building, Room 446

(208) 282-3242

Laticia Herkshan

Graduate Teaching Assistant

Office: Museum Building, Room 446

(208) 282-3242