The Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program prepares eligible students for graduate school. During the academic year, students attend monthly seminars, meet visiting scholars, and participate in student and professional conferences. The McNair Director is available to provide specialized academic advising and admissions and financial aid application assistance.

During the summer, McNair students participate in the Summer Research Internship Program (SRIP), a paid research internship which provides an in-depth research experience, working one-on-one with a faculty mentor, and the opportunity to network with other undergraduates from across the nation.

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In order to be eligible to apply, applicants must meet following criteria:



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The Challenger

The Challenger is a biannual publication designed to inform faculty, staff, alumni and students of updates and current events.

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Who was Dr. Ronald E. McNair?


Ronald Ervin McNair was born October 21, 1950, in Lake City, South Carolina. Dr. McNair graduated as valedictorian from Carver High School in 1967. In 1971, he went on to receive a bachelor’s degree in physics, magna cum laude, from North Carolina A&T State University (Greensboro). In 1976, Dr. McNair received his Ph.D. in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Following the attainment of his Ph.D., Dr. McNair was selected out of a pool of 10,000 applicants to train at NASA. In 1984 he went on to be the second African American to go up in space. Two Years later on his second mission to space, Dr. McNair was one of seven crew members killed in the space shuttle Challenger explosion on January 28, 1986. Following the untimely death of Dr. Ronald E McNair, The Ronald E. McNair Post Baccalaureate Achievement Program was created in his honor by the US Department of Education in 1989. Inducted under the Federal TRIO Programs, the program now serves a mass number of low-income, first-generation and historically underrepresented students all across the country.  




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Educational Opportunity Program

EOP is an academic program that motivates and enables low-income and first generation students, whose parents do not have a baccalaureate degree, to enter and succeed in higher education. See all the programs that Educational Opportunity Programs include.