Funded in full by the United States Department of Education, the Ronald E. McNair Post Baccalaureate Achievement Program (McNair Scholars) is named in honor of Dr. McNair, an African American astronaut who died on the 1986 Challenger explosion. Dr. McNair was posthumously awarded the Congressional Space Medal of Honor. On January 28, 1986, members of Congress provided funding for the Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program. The late Dr. Rubye J. Byrd, The Morehouse College Trio Director for 40 years was instrumental in fighting for this program to receive funding. The goal of the program is to encourage low-income and first-generation college students, and students from historically underrepresented ethnic groups to expand their educational opportunities by enrolling in a Ph.D. program and ultimately pursue an academic career.
The McNair Scholars program is dedicated to the high standards of achievement inspired by Dr. McNair’s life. The McNair Scholars program at Morehouse College is specifically for STEM majors. We are a year round graduate school preparatory program 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.
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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
- 8-week paid summer research program plus room/board
- Research & graduate school application assistance
- Interactive workshops & seminars
- Travel assistance to present research nationally
- Graduate school tours
- Faculty mentorship
- Research with a faculty mentor
- Counseling and advising sessions
- GRE reduction waivers
- GRE prep classes monthly & during the summer
- Cultural events & activities
- Networking opportunities
- Support for publishing research findings
- Opportunities for Personal & Academic Development
- Involvement in Professional Development activities
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.
- 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
Municha McCalla, M.S.
Ethell Vereen, Jr., PhD