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Texas National McNair Conference

The conference registration deadline has been extended to February 4th!

Please submit abstracts to Rebekah at Rebekah.Samaniego@unt.edu when you register.

If you are a recruiter, please go here.

17th Annual Texas National McNair Scholars Research Conference and Graduate Fair

At the conference, your McNair Scholars will have the opportunities to:

  • present their research (either oral or poster format) in a non-threatening, professional, & academic setting with each presentation evaluated by faculty;
  • participate in a national graduate school fair; and
  • network and share research with their peers.

Registration Fees: $150 for Scholars and $200 for McNair Staff (includes all meals from Friday evening until Sunday morning and all conference materials).

Hotel Rates: $99/night for 1 to 4 guest/room

Brief Tentative Overview:

Date Events Time
Friday, February 20 SHOWCASE
Opening Dinner
9:00 a.m. 3:00 p.m.
1:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m.
7:00 p.m. 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 21 Breakfast
Research Presentations
Grad School Fair
Dinner, Keynote Address, and Dance
7:00 a.m. 7:45 a.m.
8:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m.
10:00 a.m. 1:00 p.m.
12:00 p.m. 1:00 p.m.
7:00 p.m. 10:00 p.m.
Sunday, February 22 Closing Brunch 9:00 a.m. 11:00 a.m.

Conference contact-- Diana Elrod diana.elrod@unt.edu 940.565.4819

Showcase information-- this is an exclusive opportunity for McNair scholars to learn about UNT during the McNair Showcase. To learn more information and sign up for our pre-conference events, please click here.  

$99/night for 1 to 4 guests/room on Denton's "Hospitality Hill"

Please contact one of the following for room reservations and lodging fee payment. Mention McNair Conference when making your reservations to receive conference rate.
Best Western Premier – 940.387.1000
Courtyard by Marriott – 940.382.4600
Hilton Garden Inn – 940.891.4700

DEADLINE for Reservations – January 30, 2015

  1. Registration closes January 30, 2015. Names may be substituted on or before February 2, 2015. No refunds will be given. No on-site registration.
  2. Payment may not be made until registration is complete.
  3. Methods of payment – credit card or check/PO
  4. Make check/PO payable to: Texas National McNair Conference 2015. Texas Identification Number 75-6002149.
  5. Mail check/PO to: Glenda Shelton, UNT TRiO Programs, 1155 Union Circle, #310888, Denton, TX 76203-5017. Phone 940.565.4785

* ENV — UNT Campus - Environmental Education, Science, and Technology Building

** - See presentation schedule for room assignments

Friday, February 20th
9:00 3:00 Pre-conference: UNT Toulouse Graduate School Showcase  
1:00 5:00 Registration Atrium-ENV
3:30 5:00 Graduate School Representatives Panel Discussion 125-ENV
7:00 9:00 Opening Dinner UNT Gateway Center Ballroom
10:00 12:00 Networking and Social Hospitality Hill Best Western Premier
Saturday, February 21st
7:00 7:50 Breakfast Atrium-ENV
7:30 7:50 Morning Moderators'/Evaluators' Meeting 110-ENV
8:00 10:00 Poster Presentation Set-up 2nd Floor-ENV
8:00 12:00 Oral Presentations - I ** ENV
10:00 2:00 Graduate School Fair Atrium-ENV
12:00 1:30 Lunch Atrium-ENV
1:00 1:20 Poster Evaluators' Meeting 110-ENV
1:30 2:30 Poster Presentations Atrium-ENV
2:10 2:30 Afternoon Moderators'/Evaluators' Meeting 110-ENV
2:40 5:00 Oral Presentations - II ** ENV
7:00 11:00 Banquet and Dance UNT Gateway Center Ballroom
Sunday, February 22nd
9:00 11:00 Farewell Brunch and Evaluations Hospitality Hill Hilton Garden Inn

Abstracts (oral and poster)

Abstracts (200 word limit, MS Word, 12 pt, single-spaced) should be submitted via email (email will be sent after registration is complete) no later than Friday, January 30, 2015. If you have questions, please contact Rebekah Samaniego (rebekah.samaniego@unt.edu).

All abstracts must be in the above format and include the following at the top:

Title of Presentation
Name of Scholar and Name and Title (i.e. Ph.D., Ed.D., M.D., etc) of Mentor(s)
Scholar's and/or Mentor's Department(s)
City, State


Gender and Ethnicity: The Political Incorporation of Latina State Legislators
Christina Bejarano and Valerie Martinez-Ebers, Ph.D.
Department of Political Science
University of North Texas
Denton, Texas

The political incorporation of communities of color has increased significantly in the last twenty-five years. Has electoral participation among women of color been below, equal, or superior to that of men of color? Lastly, will the presence of elected women of color change the nature of policy making in any systematic way? The research analyzes patterns of election and policy advocacy for Latinas in state legislative office in Arizona, California, New Mexico, and Texas for the period 1990-1998. We then conducted an exploratory analysis of legislative priorities, strategizing, and success among a group of Latina and Latino legislators in California and Texas. To what extent are these patterns of gender representation replicated in patterns of ethnic representation? Do states with higher levels of gender representation also have higher levels of ethnic representation in their state legislatures? Are the trends developing at similar rates?

Oral Presentations

All oral presentations will occur on Saturday, February 21 from approximately 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. The time allotted for each oral presentation is 15 minutes (12-presentation, 3-questions) with 5 minutes between presentations. Please have your presentation saved to a flash drive. The following presentation equipment will be provided: screens, projectors, PowerPoint soft-ware, pointers, and computers. If Apple equipment is needed, you must provide your own projectors and computers. It is STRONGLY advised that all presenters use the equipment provided.

Poster Presentations

All poster presentations will take place on Saturday, February 21 from approximately 1:30 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. Your poster may be displayed all day but must be in place no later than 10:00 a.m. All posters will be displayed on the provided boards. Push pins will be provided.

Poster size - no wider than 42 inches and no longer than 60 inches.


  • We have no control over individual room temperatures. Please come to the presentations prepared for either extreme.
  • Februrary in Denton can be warm or chilly, so please plan to bring a jacket or sweater.
  • Historically, there is a greater than 60% chance of the temperature being greater than 60°F and less than an 8% chance of precipitation.

Scholar Research Presentations

  • All abstracts MUST be in the required format (look under Abstract and Presentations heading).
  • All presentations will be evaluated by a UNT faculty member.
  • Oral - please back up your material and bring to the conference on a flash drive and a cd.
  • Poster - please follow the size guidelines provided.

Internet Access

  • Usernames & passwords will be provided at registration for access to the UNT wireless system.


  • Friday and Sunday - Business Casual
  • Saturday - Business Professional


Please read as transporation is not provided.


  • Dallas/Ft.Worth (DFW)
    • approximately 30-45 minutes from Denton
    • an American Airlines hub
  • Dallas Love Field (DAL)
    • approximately 45-60 minutes from Denton
    • Southwest Airlines operates out of DAL
  • If you are flying into DFW or DAL, we suggest renting a behicle because airport shuttles and taxis are quite costly (shuttle average of $75/person/one way w/$15/person for each additional passenger).
  • Hospitality Hill Hotels (Best Western Premier, Hilton Garden, and Courtyard by Marriot) are 3.7 miles from the building where the conference will be held. Shuttles from the hotels to the university will be available,but at set times only.


  • Denton lies at the top of the "Golden Triangle" whose other vertices are Dallas and Fort Worth. In other words, Denton lies where I-35E (from Dallas) and I-35W (from Fort Worth) come up from the South to rejoin into I-35, which continues on to the north to OK City and points beyond. The university itself is off of I-35E, about 1/2 mile south of the I-35E/W split.
  • Plan your drive on http://maps.unt.edu.



Staff Contact

Participant Registration

  • Please register all staff and scholars below.
  • Registration closes January 30, 2015.
  • Names may be substituted on or before February 2, 2015.
  • No refunds will be given.
  • No on-site registration.


  • After submission of registration page, you will be directed to the Payment page.
  • Payment by credit card or purchase order is available.

Abstract Submission and Presentation Information

  • Abstract submission information will be sent to both the individual presenters and their staff contacts after submission of registration page.
  • As programs have different mechanisms, we are trying to address all needs by allowing either scholars or staff to provide abstracts.



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