Wieser selected as McNair Scholar

EAU CLAIRE — Jarred Wieser, son of Steve Wieser, La Crescent, Minnesota, and Teresa and Rich Wadell, Elk Mound, was among the ten University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire students selected to participate in the prestigious Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program.

Wieser will pursue research on a comparison of math teaching methods in selected countries with Dr. Simei Tong, associate professor of mathematics.

UW-Eau Claire is one of only 152 institutions nationwide to house a Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program, an initiative of the U.S. Department of Education. McNair, the program’s namesake, received his doctorate in physics in 1976 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and was an expert on lasers. He joined NASA in 1978 and died aboard the space shuttle Challenger, along with six other astronauts, when it exploded in 1986.