A Federal TRIO Program

Call For Proposals


McNair Scholars Program staff members at each participating institution are asked to submit abstracts for all their scholars (both oral and poster presenters). Information on abstract submission will be available soon.

McNair directors and staff, abstracts must be 250 words or less. Please utilize this link to submit your student's abstracts once your registration is complete. Each abstract must be individually submitted. 


Each presenter is allotted 15 minutes. Presentations will be organized into one-hour blocks consisting of three presenters in similar areas of study (to the extent possible).  After all presenters have spoken, there will be time for questions, followed by 10 minutes of transition and set-up time between presentation groups. 

There will be a PC laptop and a projector in every room, and all presenters are welcome to use them for PowerPoint.  We suggest bringing presentations on a USB drive, because other media may not be accessible by every machine.  We are UNABLE to GUARANTEE that the projectors or computers will work as planned for everyone, but we will try to accommodate presenters as much as possible. 

The presentation rooms will have wireless Internet access. However, it is always a good idea to rely on the Internet as little as possible. Multimedia and other materials from the Internet can usually be downloaded to a USB drive or CD-ROM as a back-up measure, in case something goes wrong with the wi-fi connection in your room.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Scholars, please be sure to save a copy of your slideshows as a Microsoft PowerPoint 97-2003 presentation. While some laptops at the conference may have PowerPoint 2007 or 2010, some might not. Our goal is compatibility, no matter what version of Windows or PowerPoint is on the laptops. If you are using a version of PowerPoint prior to 2007, simply save your document to a flash drive or CD. If you are using PowerPoint 2007 or 2010, follow these instructions:

    1. Click on the Office Button (2007) or File tab (2010).  
    2. Move the arrow over "Save As". You will see several options. Click on 
        "PowerPoint 97-2003 Presentation".
    3. Navigate to the flash drive or CD you will be saving presentation to and click "Save".


The conference will provide boards and stands and we strongly recommend scholars print their posters in the standard size 48x36 (or slightly smaller) for setup. We are limited to 20 poster presentations - on a first come, first served basis.