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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. Ronald E. 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. 


Program Benefits and Application

Who Is Eligible?

McNair Scholars Program Nomination

McNair Scholar Cohorts

Become a Faculty Research Mentor

McNair Scholars Program Staff

Denise Tambasco

Denise Tambasco, Ed.D.

Student Support Services/McNair Scholars Program Director

Office: Museum Building, Room 446

(208) 282-3242

Kirsti Beck

Administrative Assistant

Office: Museum Building, Room 446


Reinalynn Echon

Reinalyn Echon

SSS/McNair Programming Specialist

Office: Museum Building, Room 446

(208) 282-3242

Contact Us

(208) 282-4245

Mailing Address: 921 S 8th Ave, Stop 8345, Pocatello, ID 83209


Main Office Physical Location: Idaho State University - Museum Building 446