Ronald McNair Program Information

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Ronald E. McNair Program

The Ronald E. McNair Post Baccalaureate Achievement Program is named in honor of Ronald E. McNair, the African-American astronaut killed in the Challenger Space Shuttle explosion.  The program is one of the United States Department of Education's special initiatives known as TRiO that serves and assists disadvantaged students in their educational endeavors.  The goal of the McNair program is to increase the attainment of graduate degrees by students from underrepresented segments of society. This is accomplished by providing research experiences, enrichment activities, academic and career counseling, and participation in professional conferences to program participants.

McNair Programs Provide:

  • opportunities for research or other scholarly activities
  • paid summer internships
  • educational activities designed to prepare students for doctoral study
  • tutoring and academic counseling
  • other activities designed to assist students participating in the project in securing admission to and financial assistance for enrollment in graduate programs

Participant Eligibility Requirements:

  • USA citizen or have permanent visa
  • Minimum 2.8 Cumulative GPA
  • Earned 60 semester hours
  • First-generation college student and or Pell recipient


Inquire with a Student Support Services (TRiO) staff member for more

Ronald E. McNair program information.

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