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Frequently Asked Questions

Who was Ronald E. McNair?

Dr. Ronald E. McNair was the second African American astronaut to travel to space.  He was a mission specialist on the successful February 3, 1984 Challenger flight.  He died in a space shuttle accident on January 28, 1986 at the age of 35.  He graduated Cum Laude from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University in 1971, receiving a bachelor’s degree in physics.  He received his Ph.D. in physics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1976, and honorary doctorate of science degrees from Morris College and University of South Carolina. 


What is the eligibility criteria?

Applicants must be low-income and first generation college students, or historically underrepresented for doctoral study (Ph.D.).  If you are interested in graduate school, you are encouraged to apply.  Juniors are our primary recruiting target.  You must have a GPA of 3.0 and be U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident.  Applicants should be hard workers and committed to participating in all program meetings, workshops, and other events.


What is the McNair Summer Research Internship?

The McNair Summer Research Internship is an eight-week faculty supervised research experience that is a mandatory aspect of becoming a member of the McNair Scholars Program.  Scholars attend weekly classes and meetings aimed at graduate school preparation and research.  This is a paid research internship.


For more information, please contact the McNair Office:
220 Norton Hall