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This is the blog of the University of Oregon McNair Program.

It is written by Karen Kelsky, Ph.D.  Karen has her Ph.D. from the University of Hawai’i in cultural anthropology.  She has served on the faculty at the University of Oregon and the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.  She was also Department Head of the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of Illinois.  She has trained many undergraduate students and graduate students at the masters and Ph.D. levels, and her graduate students collectively obtained close to a million dollars in research fellowships and scholarships.

Karen has long had a passion for “job skills training” for students who are working in the academic world as graduate students, TAs, doctoral candidates, job candidates, and new assistant professors.  She decided to focus on this passion in the capacity of advisor in the McNair Program at the University of Oregon.

In this blog she’ll be sharing her 20 years of expertise on graduate school success strategies. Contact her at: kelsky@uoregon.edu.

The McNair Program is a federally funded program under the TRiO set of programs, and assists under-represented, first generation, and low income students gain the experience and knowledge they need to apply for and complete Ph.D. programs.  The goal of the McNair Program is ultimately to bring more diversity to the U.S. professoriate, and help people from less privileged backgrounds enter the academic profession.  The UO McNair program serves about 26 students at a time, and provides support such as summer research opportunities, educational advising, conference support, and financial aid for its participants.   The staff of the program are Dr. Gail Unruh, Director, and Dr. Karen Kelsky, Advisor.

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