Program Director: Michael Aldarondo-Jeffries
The McNair Scholars Program is designed to prepare students from low-income, first-generation and traditionally underrepresented groups for doctoral studies. McNair Scholars participate in courses, seminars and workshops on topics related to graduate school preparation, complete a paid research project under the guidance of a faculty mentor, and have the opportunity to present their research at local, regional and national conferences.
The McNair Scholars Program is a federal TRIO program funded at over 200 institutions across the United States and Puerto Rico by the U.S. Department of Education. It is designed to prepare undergraduate students for doctoral studies through involvement in research and other scholarly activities. McNair participants are either first-generation college students with financial need, or members of a group that is traditionally underrepresented in graduate education and have demonstrated strong academic potential.
McNair Mission: To increase the number of first-generation college students from low-income families and members of underrepresented groups in the nation's professoriate.
Program Objectives: Our objectives, as stated in the grant are:
- Eighty-five percent (85%) of the McNair participants will complete research and scholarly activities that will directly impact their education progression during each McNair Program academic year.
- Eighty-five percent (85%) of new participants served in each McNair Program academic year will attain a baccalaureate degree within three years of their entrance into the McNair Program.
- At least seventy percent (70%) of the bachelor degree recipients will enroll in a post-baccalaureate program by the fall term of the academic year immediately following completion of that degree
- Fifteen percent (15%) of the McNair participants will attain a doctoral degree within ten (10) years of the attainment of the bachelor's degree.