Lynzy Abress was one of nine undergraduate researchers named 2013-14 McNair Scholars at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. She will compare selected behavioral traits in wild and captive primate populations with Dr. Daniel Strouthes, associate professor of geography and anthropology.

The Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program, an initiative of the U.S. Department of Education, prepares students who plan to pursue doctoral degrees for careers in research. As undergraduates they engage in two years of collaborative research with faculty, which generally leads to publication and scholarly presentations in their respective disciplines.

McNair received a doctorate in physics from MIT. A laser expert, he joined NASA in 1978 and died aboard the space shuttle Challenger in 1986.

Abress is the daughter of Jennifer Abress of Wyoming and Kenneth Abress of Stacy.

Graduating from Metropolitan State University in April were Gina Batcheller of Forest Lake, individualized BA, and Brittany Richert of Forest Lake, BA in psychology.

The following students participated in summer and fall commencement exercises at Minnesota State University-Mankato on Saturday, Dec. 14: Kari Arvig of Hugo, MS in reading; Lee Brockman of Forest Lake, MS in library media education; Dan Collar of Forest Lake, BS in management, Magna Cum Laude and BS in marketing, Magna Cum Laude; Kedgard Cordero of Lino Lakes, BS in Spanish; Mark Scheierl of Forest Lake, BS in accounting, Magna Cum Laude; Johnathon Wick of Forest Lake, BS in exercise science.

Four local students received degrees in the fall commencement exercises at Minnesota State University-Moorhead on Dec. 19: Cory Capra of Forest Lake, BS in exercise science; Courtney Roatch of Forest Lake, BA in psychology; Logan Romines of Wyoming, BS in business administration, Summa Cum Laude; Pang Yang of Lino Lakes, BS in nursing.