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K-State Today

September 27, 2012



Refunded McNair Scholars program seeks new participants

By Jon Tveite

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The McNair Program is currently recruiting new participants, and will continue to do so until all available openings are filled. Successful applicants will have the opportunity to participate in a paid summer research internship in their academic fields under the supervision of a K-State faculty member. Participants also receive help identifying graduate programs, completing applications, preparing for the GRE and building the skills needed for success in graduate study.

The K-State McNair Scholars Program recently received notice that the program will continue to receive funding through the U.S. Department of Education for another five years. 

The overall objective of the Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program is to guide eligible students through the process of applying to graduate school, while preparing them to succeed at attaining doctoral degrees. To be eligible, students must be U.S. citizens or legal residents. They must also be first-generation and low-income, or from an ethnic group that is considered underrepresented in graduate study. 

In addition to reader evaluations of program objectives and operational plans, existing programs are judged by their previous success at meeting program objectives. Eight K-State McNair Scholars have received doctoral degrees in the past two years: Alisa Abuzeineh, Evan Cullens, Erica Cain, John Jasso, Amanda Morales, Bikat Tilahun, Aaron Wech and Stacy Yeager. 

Eligible students with an interest in graduate study are encouraged to apply. Faculty and staff who know of good candidates should refer them to the program and/or contact the McNair office. See the program website at www.k-state.edu/mcnair for more information.