Program Staff

Dr. Natalie Strobach ~ Director of the McNair Scholars Program ~ 140 Hagestad Hall ~ Phone: (715) 425-4252 ~


Natalie Strobach did her doctoral work in the Department of Comparative Literature at the University of California Davis where she was a University of California Provost Fellow. She was also a postdoctoral researcher at the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis. Her research focuses on 19th- and 20th-century French and German literature, Critical Theory and Psychoanalysis. 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 20th-century representations of narrative time. You can read more about Natalie at  

In addition to her work in Comparative Literature, Natalie was herself a McNair Scholar as an undergraduate and also held a joint appointment for six years with the UC Davis McNair Scholars Program, where she taught research writing and GRE prep while working with students as a program coordinator and advisor. In all, she has spent roughly ten years with the McNair Scholars Program and is most excited to bring year-round weekly research writing seminars, year-round GRE preparation, and new conference opportunities to the UW-River Falls Scholars.


 Felicha Colbeth ~ McNair Scholars Program Student Support Specialist ~ 140 Hagestad Hall ~ Phone: (715) 425-3528 ~

FelichaFelicha Colbeth completed her masters degree in Educational Leadership (2014) from the University of Central Florida. Her graduate experiences focused on the retention of students in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics majors. Particularly, working with students on academic probation in the College of Engineering and Computer Science majors, and with the Initiatives in STEM office recruiting new incoming freshman into the STEM disciplines as part of the College of Sciences and the College of Engineering and Computer Science.

As Student Support Specialist, she 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. Felicha graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls in 2012, earning her baccalaureate in Psychology, and has been part of the McNair Scholars Program since 2010.