Program Staff

Dr. Natalie Strobach, Director of the McNair Scholars Program

 140 Hagestad Hall • (715) 425-4252 •


Dr. Strobach completed her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature at the University of California Davis where she was a University of California Provost's Fellow and Assistant Director of the McNair Scholars Program. She was also a postdoctoral researcher at the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis. Her research focuses on a psychoanalytic account of trauma and working class studies.

She has published in Angelaki: A Journal of the Theoretical Humanities and has a chapter forthcoming in Cinematic Strategies in XXth Century Narratives entitled "An End to the Magic Lantern: Proust's Reconstruction of Memory Through Cinema." Her current project, "Time of Death: Writing in the Wake of the Moving Image," examines the relationship between turn-of-the-century photographic technology and the experience of finitude. You can read more about Natalie at

Natalie was herself a McNair Scholar as an undergraduate and has spent roughly ten years working with the McNair Scholars Program. She began at UWRF as Director in 2015 and was excited to bring year-round weekly research writing seminars, year-round GRE preparation, and new conference opportunities to the UW-River Falls Scholars. In her first year with the program, her graduating scholars brought in over 1.2 million in graduate school funding offers. 


Evan Matson, McNair Scholars Program Coordinator

140 Hagestad Hall • (715) 425-3528 •
Evan Matson

Evan Matson completed his Masters of Science in Criminal Justice (2012) from St. Cloud State University. During his graduate degree, he worked as an Undergraduate Academic Advisor for the Criminal Justice department. This experience inspired him to pursue a career in higher education.

Before joining the McNair Scholars Program at University of Wisconsin-River Falls, Evan spent two years as a Student Advisor at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ontario.  His portfolio focused on retention-based initiatives, at-risk student populations, and first generation students.

He assists in the recruitment of new scholars, advising students regarding their academic schedules, preparations for graduate studies, and provides administrative and technical support to McNair staff and students.