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University at Buffalo McNair Scholars Program

Program Description

The Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program is a federally funded TRIO program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education.  The Program is named in honor of Dr. Ronald E. McNair, a pioneer African American astronaut who died in the 1986 Space Shuttle Challenger explosion.

This intellectually rigorous program is designed to provide encouragement and essential services to low-income and first generation college students, and students from underrepresented groups to pursue doctoral study.

Participants will hone their research and analytical skills during the academic year.  McNair Scholars attend weekly seminars ranging in topics from securing financial aid for graduate school to the life of a faculty member.  Additionally, participants receive advisement and preparation for the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) in all test areas.

The summer component of the McNair Program rerquires Scholars to conduct field-relevant research with a faculty mentor in their discipline.  Students will present their research to their peers, faculty, and other interested persons at the UB McNair Research Conference. 

Additional benefits include travel to local, state, and national conferences.  Participants will have an opportunity to visit various graduate schools and attend graduate school fairs.

Additional information can be obtained from the Program Director or Coordinator in 220 Norton Hall or by calling 716-645-5478.

Please note: U.S. Citizenship or Permanent Resident status is required.