The Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program

The Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program prepares academically talented low-income/first generation college students and students from groups underrepresented in graduate education, who are enrolled in North Carolina A&T State University and Bennett College for Women, to pursue graduate study leading to the doctoral degree. McNair student participants are from underrepresented segments of society and have demonstrated strong academic potential.

Two-thirds of the student participants must meet the criteria of low-income/first generation and one-third must come from groups underrepresented in graduate education. Funded by the US Department of Education and named after Magna Cum Laude Graduate, Ronald E. McNair, the program identifies twenty-eight (28) students annually, in the sophomore to senior year with at least a 3.00 grade point average, for program participation.

The McNair Program provides quality services and instruction to enable academically talented students to successfully enroll in a graduate course of study that leads to the attainment of the Ph.D. and a career in the academy.

To ensure student success, all McNair Scholars participate in the following program components:

  1. Skill building workshops/seminars designed to expand student learning abilities; establish academic goals; and enhance personal, social, intellectual, and career development.
  2. A research methodology class that introduces students to research concepts and techniques used in conducting major research studies.
  3. A Summer Research Institute where a maximum of twelve (12) scholars from the academic year component work with a faculty mentor to conduct a graduate level research study and ultimately make a formal presentation of the research findings.
  4. Assistance with graduate school application process, including selecting an institution, obtaining financial assistance, preparing for graduate entrance examinations, writing a personal statement and submitting applications.