McNair Scholars Program

McNair Scholars - webFor many university students, advanced degrees and graduate school may seem a distant goal. For first generation, minority and financially challenged students, continuing their education past the baccalaureate degree may seem virtually impossible.

The Ronald E. McNair Post-baccalaureate Achievement Program is designed to prepare undergraduate students for doctoral studies through involvement in research and other scholarly activities.

Founded in 1996 in honor of Dr. Ronald E. McNair, the laser physicist and Challenger space shuttle astronaut, the McNair program is designed to help increase the number of underrepresented students in graduate programs and, ultimately, help diversify the faculty in college and universities and those employed in various areas of science.

The McNair Scholars program helps undergraduate students interested in all types of doctoral degrees and from all majors, but students interested in pursuing a doctoral degree in Engineering and Computer Science are particularly sought.

Learn more about mentor responsibilities in the Mentor Handbook.

Learn more about scholar responsibilities in the Scholar Handbook.

Program Goals

McNair ScholarsThe goal of the McNair Scholars Program is to help first-generation, low-income students, especially students who are members of groups traditionally underrepresented in higher education, gain access to graduate education and earn doctoral degrees (Ph.D., Psy.D, Ed.D.)

To achieve that goal, our scholars will:

  • Participate in research and other scholarly activities
  • Enroll in appropriate graduate programs after earning their baccalaureate degree
  • Continue on to a doctoral program
  • Earn their doctorate-level degree

Graduate Assistant Openings

The McNair Scholars Program is currently seeking two graduate assistants as tutors for the GRE in Math and English. All applicants must turn their résumé into the McNair Scholars Office in Charles Francis, Room 16. View the job description here

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Contact Us

Do you have questions or need more information on the McNair Scholars Program?

Jennifer Zwahr-Castro, Ph.D.
McNair Scholars Program Director

Samadhi Metta Bexar, Ph.D.
McNair Scholars Program Assistant Director