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William Moen formally named director of McNair Scholars Program

william MoenWilliam Moen, right, associate professor of library and information sciences in the College of Information, has formally been named the director of UNT’s McNair Scholars Program, after the U.S. Department of Education approved him this fall as the principal investigator of a five-year, $1.4 million grant that financially supports the program.

Moen, a UNT faculty member since 1996, had been managing the McNair Scholars Program since April 1, as the special assistant to the dean of the Honors College. UNT’s McNair program is part of the Honors College.

Originally called the Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Programs, McNair Scholars Programs are funded by the Department of Education at approximately 150 U.S. colleges and universities. The programs are designed to prepare undergraduate students who have demonstrated strong academic potential for graduate education. All of the students are involved in research and other scholarly activities, and have at least one faculty mentor.

For this academic year, UNT’s McNair Program is serving 33 junior and senior students and six early entry students — freshmen and sophomores who meet the program requirements and are receiving research experience before they can be admitted to the McNair Program and receive funding for their research during their junior year. The students may present their research at the Annual Texas National McNair Scholars Research Conference and Graduate Fair, which UNT’s program has sponsored every February since 1998. Open to students at McNair programs throughout the U.S., the 2016 conference is Feb. 19-21.

Moen joined UNT as an instructor in the School of Library and Information Sciences, which is now the Department of Library and Information Sciences in the College of Information. He served as director of the Texas Center for Digital Knowledge and director of research and associate dean for research for the college. He was also an administrative intern in the Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and a special assistant to the senior vice provost.

—Nancy Kolsti, news promotions

Posted on: Tue 15 December 2015

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