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The Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program was established in honor of Dr. Ronald E. McNair. He earned a Ph.D. in Laser Physics in 1976, and in 1978 became a part of NASA’s astronaut program. Dr. McNair was the second African-American to fly in space. In 1986, his life ended with the explosion of the Space Shuttle Challenger. His family lobbied for the inception of the program in his honor to help others from disadvantaged backgrounds obtain a higher education. The mission of the program is to prepare students from low-income, first-generation, and underrepresented backgrounds for doctoral studies. The overall goal is to increase Ph.D. degree attainment.
The Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program is a TRIO Program federally funded by the United States Department of Education designed to assist students. The McNair Scholars Program provides academic support services to students who meet the eligibility requirements set by the Department of Education. For more information about federal program eligibility, you can visit the following link: https://www2.ed.gov/programs/triomcnair/eligibility.html
You can find the updated income guildelines at the following website: https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ope/trio/incomelevels.html.
- Exposure to graduate schools and Ph.D. programs.
- Assistance with graduate school application process.
- Assistance with GRE preparation.
- Research collaboratively with our faculty through exposure, experiences and seminars.
- Opportunities to attend and present research projects at professional meetings and conferences, as well as to co-publish in peer reviewed and reference journals.
- Access to internships, seminars, graduate school tours, and other educational activities.