The Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program (McNair Scholars Program) is a federally funded program designed to prepare the next generation of researchers for doctoral study in many of the nation's top research universities.  Funded by a $1,125,000 five year grant from the U.S. Department of Education, the purpose of the McNair Scholars Program is to increase the number of persons from low-income, first generation and/or underrepresented  backgrounds who earn the PhD in social sciences, humanites, science, technology, engineering or mathematics subject areas.  The program is designed to help students who are from disadvantaged backgrounds that have demonstrated strong academic potential for earning a Ph.D.

McNair staff work closely with program participants to ensure the completion of advanced undergraduate coursework, facilitate participant entrance into graduate programs, and track their progress to successful completion of the doctoral degree. The Wayne State University McNair Scholars Program provides the following services:

  • Academic, personal, and career counseling
  • Tutoring
  • Financial aid assistance
  • Faculty and staff mentoring
  • Research opportunities
  • Research presentation experience
  • Graduate school preparation
  • Developmental workshops and seminars
  • Summer research internships and stipends
  • Professional and academic conferences travel opportunities