McNair Program

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

Funded in full by the United States Department of Education, the Morehouse College Ronald E. McNair Post Baccalaureate Achievement Program is a year round graduate school preparatory internship with an eight week summer research component designed to prepare first generation undergraduates demonstrating strong academic potential for doctoral studies through involvement in research and other scholarly activities. The program provides research opportunities, faculty mentors, opportunities to publish and/or present research findings, and assistance with the graduate school application process.

The primary goal of the program is to increase the attainment of Ph.D. degrees by students from underrepresented segments of society. The Morehouse College McNair Program encourages participants to enroll in graduate programs and tracks their progress through to the successful completion of advanced degrees. The McNair Program is supported by the Council of Graduate Schools and the Department of Education's Council for Opportunity in Education.

 

ELIGIBILITY

Highly motivated, disciplined and hard working individuals, college level rising juniors and seniors, who are:

  • US Citizen or permanent Legal resident of the U.S.
  • First generation college students with demonstrated financial need
  • Historically underrepresented minority at the graduate level
  • Good academic standing (3.0 or higher cum desired)
  • Majoring in Physical, Biological or Psychological Sciences

 

PROGRAM BENEFITS

  • Summer Stipend
  • Research Opportunities with Faculty Mentorship
  • Campus Room & Board during Summer program
  • GRE Preparation
  • GRE Fee Reduction
  • Graduate School Application Waivers from over 200 Graduate Schools
  • Graduate placement assistance
  • Academic, Career & Personal Counseling
  • Involvement in Professional Development Activities

 

Program Expectations

Students are required to:

  • Contact and confirm the participation of a faculty advisor to support and supervise the research program.
  • Participate in a research experience with faculty mentor. Students are expected to meet and consult with their advisor on a regular basis throughout the term.
  • Attend McNair Summer Courses (Research Methodology, GRE Prep & Professional Development)
  • Submit preliminary assignments and final research paper that should reflect the time spent engaged in research (15-20 pages).

 

Why Participate in Our Program

The Ronald E. McNair Post Baccalaureate Achievement Program is committed to providing the support and tailored services that enhance our student’s collegiate experience.  We strive to promote an environment designed to give our participants the support, tools, and worldly experiences to succeed as highly competitive scholars and leaders by addressing their academic and personal needs in an effort to improve their chances for success at the graduate level.

The McNair program is focused on preparing our participants for successful graduate study through exposure to graduate level work and research experiences geared towards improving their critical thinking skills.  The McNair experience fosters an increase of knowledge and familiarity with the ins and outs of graduate study and the graduate school application process as well as the essential elements of research.

We are confident that our support and guidance combined with the participant’s abiding drive and determination will ensure that each student will reach a level of academic, personal and professional success that is without comparison.

McNair Scholars:

  • Conduct Research
  • Prepare extensively for graduate study
  • Work closely with Division of Science & Mathematics Faculty
  • Develop Leadership Skills
  • Are eligible for Chi Alpha Epsilon National Honor Society
  • Attend Professional Conferences
  • Visit Potential Graduate Schools
  • Have opportunities to Publish in Peer-Reviewed Journals

 

STAFF

Brock Mayers, Associate Director
(470) 639-0307
 
Munichia McCalla-Bull, Program Counselor
(470) 639-7837
 

Yohance Murray, Ph.D, Research Coordinator