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

Friday, October 19, 2018, 8:00 AM until Sunday, October 21, 2018, 5:00 PM
Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel
Renaissance Schaumburg
1551 N. Thoreau Dr.,
Schaumburg, IL  60173

1 847-303-4100
Aaron Cortes
773-442-4030 (p)
Registration is required
Payment In Full In Advance Only
Cancellation Policy:
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 $5 ClubExpress convenience fee.

Registration is refundable less a processing charge of 50% of the actual registration fee when received on or before TEN BUSINESS DAYS prior to event. Written notice of cancellation, with signature, must be mailed or faxed to:

c/o Shannon Williams
University of Illinois at Chicago
Director of TRIO Programs
T 312-996-5046
F 312-996-9298

No refund requests will be accepted after such date. Any eligible refunds will be made following the conference. To provide the conference committee with the most accurate planning numbers, all completed registration forms will be considered as conference attendees and will be responsible for registered payment. All other cancellations must follow the guidelines above to avoid increased charges.

Information submitted in your registration form will:

A. Provide required conference information and to prepare conference name badge.
B. Assist with accountability for arranged meals.
C. Establish session and meeting room formats.
D. Identify volunteers for the conference.
E. Assist to provide acknowledgement that you are registered for the conference.
F. Assist to provide a receipt (via email) when registration and payment has been verified. Receipt will be sent to email address listed on the registration form.

In order to allow time for the conference committee to process all information, online registration will terminate on TEN DAYS PRIOR to event. After this date you may still register on-site at the higher registration fee.

27th Annual National Ronald E. McNair

Research Graduate & Recruitment
October 19 - 21, 2018
Renaissance Hotel - Schaumburg, IL


Conference Highlights

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 will provide:

  • A Graduate/Professional School Fair on Friday/Saturday, featuring more than 50 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
  • Good food, fun, great company in a professional, hotel setting!

EOA Foundation

The EOA Foundation provides scholarships and awards to TRIO and educational opportunity program students in the ten-state region served by EOA.


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