English Student Receives Prestigious McNair Scholarship
Rio Gonzalez, a sophomore from Bozeman, has received a McNair Scholarship as part of the McNair Scholars Program, a federally funded (Department of Education) TRIO program named in honor of Ronald E. McNair. McNair, a nationally recognized physicist and NASA mission specialist astronaut, perished aboard the Challenger space shuttle in January 1986. Gonzalez plans to earn a doctorate in English literature and become a professor. He is researching the use of technology in teaching to enhance student comprehension and retention. “My research will phase out linear methods of teaching, which limit the ability to involve student interaction and the ability to delve into tangent discussions from involved questions,” Gonzalez said. The two-year McNair Scholarships help talented first-generation college students in financial need and those from groups underrepresented in doctoral study to prepare for successful admission into and completion of doctoral programs. While undergraduates, students receive a stipend while they conduct research with faculty mentors and engage in other scholarly activities.