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McNair Scholars Program

McNair Scholars Program

The McNair Scholars Program is a comprehensive program structured to prepare undergraduates for successful careers as graduate students, professors, and professional researchers. This preparation is offered in the form of classes, colloquia, advising, tutoring, faculty mentoring, and the completion of a Summer Research Internship.

The Ronald E. McNair Baccalaureate Achievement Program is a TRIO Program funded by a grant from the federal Department of Education to prepare talented undergraduates for graduate study, with the goal of increasing the number of Ph.D.-holders from underrepresented socio-economic and ethnic groups.  To be eligible, students must either be low-income and first-generation, or a member of a group that is underrepresented in higher education (African American, Hispanic/Latino, Native American, Native Alaskan, or Native Pacific Islander). 

McNair Scholars receive advice and assistance in preparing themselves academically for graduate school, searching for graduate programs to apply to, completing the application process, and deciding what program to enter.   The centerpiece of the program is a summer research internship under the guidance of a K-State faculty mentor.  Scholars conduct original research, write reports, make presentations, and have the opportunity to attend research conferences.  

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