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27th Annual National Ronald E. McNair
Research Conference & Graduate School Recruitment Fair

October 19 - 21, 2018

The Educational Opportunity Association is excited to host its National McNair Student Research Conference and Graduate Fair from October 19th to October 21st, 2018 in Schaumburg, IL at the Renaissance Hotel

The conference has been designed to provide undergraduate students the opportunity to present their research in a professional and nurturing environment. Workshops, panel discussions, and activities will introduce students to the nature of graduate study as well as provide helpful tips and suggestions in writing an effective graduate admissions application.

Conference Highlights

The Conference will provide:

  • A Graduate/Professional School Fair on Friday, featuring more than 30 of the country's top graduate schools
  • Networking Activities where student participants will interact with graduate/professional school faculty and representatives in an informal setting
  • Workshops designed for students who are beginning to consider graduate study, as well as those who are currently going through the graduate/professional school application process
  • Research & Poster Presentations by McNair Scholars from around the country

Information for McNair Conference Participants

The registration fee for participants and staff is $550 and covers the following: 

  • All meals offered by the event
  • Access to Graduate School Fair
  • Opportunity to attend/present poster and/or oral presentations
  • Participation in all activities and workshops offered by the event
McNair Conference Hotel Information for Participants & Staff

Reserve rooms directly with Marriott Hotel Events at 1(800)468-3571 or (847)303-4100 OR  Click here to reserve your room!               
Cost per Room - $119           Cutoff date:
Thursday October 4, 2018 at 5:00 pm

The hotel also has a shuttle that goes in a 3 mile radius which is first come, first served.

Questions? Contact Aaron Cortes ( or Shannon Williams (

Information for Graduate School Recruiters

The registration fee for Graduate Recruiters covers the following:

  • Exhibitor table for your Institution at the Graduate Fair (5.5 hrs) on Friday October 19th, 2018

  • Recruiters dinner table to dine with McNair/SSS students during the Graduate Opening Dinner on Friday October 19th, 2018

  • Opportunity to submit presentation on an array of topics related to admissions to Graduate program on Saturday October 20th between 9:30am to 11:45am

Graduate Recruiter Conference Registration Fees

Registration Deadline:  October 5th (for Graduate Recruiters)

Graduate School Representative Registration Fee: $125.00

On-Site Registration: Approved by EOA Conference Committee only - $175.00

Also, consider submitting a proposal to present a session at the McNair Conference! Proposals due October 7, 2018.           Submit a Proposal

Questions? Contact Aaron Cortes ( or Shannon Williams(

Registration Fees and Credit Card Processing

Please note that registrants can pay by credit card, check or purchase order. Register by clicking the button at the top right and send a copy of your registration confirmation and check or purchase order (a P.O. Number is required on all purchase orders) to:

Northeast Iowa Community College 
Attn. Cindy Virta
TRIO-SSS 8342 NICC Drive 
Peosta, IA 52068
(Email: with any questions)

You may pay online by credit card however the credit card system via the EOA website does not allow payments over $1,500. If your total is OVER $1,500 and you wish to pay via credit card, please complete the EOA Credit Card Authorization Form -
NOTE: transactions over $1,500 will be subject to a 4% credit card processing fee.

Non-members registering via the EOA website AND paying by credit card will also incur a $3 ClubExpress convenience fee.



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