The Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program (McNair Scholars Program) is a federally funded program designed to prepare the next generation of scientists, mathematicians, engineers, and technology professionals 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 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 success in a STEM field.
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 in a STEM field. The Wayne State University McNair Scholars Program provides the following services:
Research Stipend. Students who conduct research and participate in all activities sponsored by the McNair program will receive a stipend up to $2,800 in accordance with University policy.
Mentoring. Each student is matched with a Faculty Mentor who provides individual guidance and mentoring regarding the completion of undergraduate research projects and the graduate school application process. Mentors serve as role models and are an essential resource for their McNair Scholar.
Free GRE Prep Classes. The GRE (Graduate Record Examination) is typically required for graduate school admission and McNair Scholars receive free instruction for the examination. McNair scholars also receive fee waivers to minimize the application fee.
Free Travel to McNair Research Conferences. WSU McNair Scholars attend various national conferences where they observe and present research. Student travel expenses (ex: registration, food, travel and lodging) in accordance with University policy are paid for by the program.
Research Methodology workshops and seminars. Students attend research methodology/research ethics workshops that enable students to augment their research experience from a practical, a theoretical and an ethical perspective.
Academic Counseling. Individual academic couseling from both the program director and faculty mentors enable students to maximize their undergraduate program and prepare for graduate study.
McNair Scholars Fellowships and Application Fee Waivers. McNair Scholars are eligible to qualify for full McNair scholarships and fellowships at Wayne State University and hundreds of universities across the country as well as application fee waivers.
Networking Opportunities and Supportive Scholarly Environment. McNair Scholars benefit and grow from close working relationships with senior level Wayne State University faculty through a mentoring program and McNair research and graduate school seminars. Participants also network with faculty and McNair Scholars from other universities when visiting campuses or conferences and create close friendships with their McNair colleagues.