Dr. Mike Sayler receives Outstanding Service Award from McNair Program

SaylerDr. Mike Sayler, Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Research, was awarded the Outstanding Service Award by the UNT McNair Scholars Program at the 21st annual recognition luncheon on September 13, 2013. Sayler has been a McNair research mentor since 2007 and serves on the program's advisory board.

"The McNair program is a game-changing opportunity that offers talented first generation and underrepresented undergraduates a track to do research with faculty in an area of mutual interest and to begin their journey to a doctorate and to becoming a scholar," he said. "I am so happy to be able to help however I can in this program and talent development opportunity."

Each year, the scholars present the Outstanding Service Award to an individual in the university community who supports and promotes the program. Past awardees include Jim Duban, Sharon Jenkins, Tyson Gibbs, Rollie Schafer, Gloria Cox, Bertina Combes, William Acree, Norval Pohl, Sandra Terrell, Steve Poe, Judy McConnell, Mariela Nunez-Janes, Mark Vosvick, Cheylon Brown and Rebecca Dickstein.

The purpose of the McNair Scholars Program is to provide enriching scholastic experiences to prepare eligible scholars across disciplines for doctoral education. In addition to the monies provided by the U.S. Department of Education and the University of North Texas, the program benefits from a variety of other services such as mentoring by university faculty, intensive research experiences and advising and classes to prepare scholars for admission to graduate school and completion of doctoral programs.

The University of North Texas McNair Scholars Program was one of five such programs with continual funding by the U.S. Department of Education since the inception of the program in 1992. Currently, there are 158 programs in the United States serving approximately 4,500 scholars.