Congress established the Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program in 1986 to honor the memory of the Challenger astronaut and noted laser physicist. This graduate school preparation program is part of the federal TRIO programs (Educational Talent Search, Upward Bound, Student Support Services, and Educational Opportunity Centers) and is administered nationally by the US Department of Education (USED). The USED provides monies to selected institutions through competitive grants as part of its efforts to increase the number of individuals from underrepresented groups (low-income, first-generation, and/or racial minority) who are interested in pursuing and obtaining doctoral degrees and careers in academia.
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US Department Of Education
Our mission is to promote and nurture the next generation of faculty, researchers and scholars by providing academic, social and financial support.
The McNair Scholars Program is an academic enrichment, graduate school preparation initiative. McNair scholars are matched with research mentors and receive fellowships to pursue research projects during the academic year and/or the summer following the sophomore or junior year. McNair Scholars also receive assistance in researching, selecting and applying to graduate schools.
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Other Requirements :
Income -based;First Generation college student/student of color