Kayla Johnson, Biology and Math major, analyzes the 3D movement and swimming forces in Daphnia Magana (the water flea) as part of her McNair Summer Research.

Created by the U.S. Congress in honor of Dr. Ronald E. McNair, the astronaut and physicist who was among the first African Americans in the U.S. space program, the McNair Scholars Program at Augsburg College prepares students for doctoral studies through involvement in research and other scholarly activities. Our goal is to increase doctoral degree attainment of students from segments of society now underrepresented in graduate studies. The program’s further purpose is to encourage these students to consider becoming college professors.