Ronald E. McNair Program
The goal of the Ronald E. McNair Post Baccalaureate Achievement Program is to increase the attainment of the Ph.D. by students from segments of society that are underrepresented higher education.
McNair programs are funded by grants awarded from the United States Department of Education to colleges and universities for projects designed to prepare participants for doctoral studies through involvement in research and other scholarly activities. McNair participants are primarily low-income, first-generation students who have demonstrated strong academic potential. Institutions work closely with these participants through their undergraduate requirements, encourage their entrance into graduate programs, and track their progress to successful completion of advanced degrees.
About the Program
The Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program is year-round, requiring a commitment of attendance at monthly workshops and seminars during the academic year with a full time commitment during the summer for research.
The eight-week summer research internship is supervised by a Georgia State University professor. The student is paid a stipend to do the research, and is expected to devote a full-time effort to the task. Each participant must submit a paper summarizing the work done and formally present the results before fellow students, faculty members and other guests are invited. The students conduct oral presentations and present posters at the conclusion of the summer program.
To receive assistance through the Ronald E. McNair Post Baccalaureate Achievement Program, an individual must be enrolled in a degree-granting program at Georgia State University.
Applicants must also:
•Be a sophomore, junior or senior with a minimum GPA of 3.0 and have 1 full year remaining in undergraduate school
•Be a U.S. citizen, U.S. national or Permanent Resident
•Have a definite interest in obtaining a Ph.D.
•Be a low-income, first generation college student
•Be a member of an underrepresented group (Black (non-Hispanic), Hispanic, American Indian, Alaskan Native, Native Hawaiians, and Native American Pacific Islanders).