The SMU McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program is a federal TRIO Program designed to prepare first-generation, low-income and underrepresented undergraduate students for doctoral studies through involvement in research and other scholarly activities. The goal of the McNair Scholars Program is to increase graduate and professional degree awards for students from underrepresented segments of society.
If you answer YES to most of the following questions, the McNair Scholars Program is the place for you!
- Are you a SMU undergraduate with at least 30 hours completed or are 60 hours away from graduation with a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or better?
- Is your educational goal to pursue a Ph.D., but reject the idea because of financial reasons and lack of preparation?
- Do you want to conduct research under the guidance of a faculty mentor from your academic department?
- Are you interested in learning about financial resources available to help defray educational expenses?
- Do you want to receive the academic assistance, guidance, and overall preparation for graduate education?
- Do you come from a household where neither parent has earned a four year-college degree?
Spring 2014 McNair Events
How to Effectively Present Your Work
Tuesday, January 28, 12:30pm
Finding Money for Graduate School
Tuesday, February 4, 3:00 - 4:00pm
How to Write a Successful Proposal
Friday, February 7, 11:00am - 12:00pm
TRIO & McNair Mandatory Ceremony
Friday, February 7, 7:00pm - 9:00am
How to Work With a Mentor
Tuesday, February 11, 12:30pm - 1:30pm
UNT McNair Scholars Research Conference
Friday, February 14-16, 9:00am - 10:00pm
How to Create a Final Report for Publication
Tuesday, February 25, 12:30 - 1:30pm
SMU Research Day
Wednesday, February 26, 12:00 - 5:00pm
How can the McNair program help?
The McNair Scholars Program can help you:
- Participate in
- Faculty-mentored research
- Professional conferences
- Summer research class
- Receive Fellowships
- Participants receive fellowships for research during the academic year. Summer fellowships are provided to scholars who meet specific criteria for summer research. Fellowships are provided for the summer by the U.S. Department of Education and by SMU for the academic year.
- Prepare for graduate school with
- Intensive GRE preparation
- Academic, personal, and career advising
- Assistance in securing graduate admission
- Visiting graduate programs
Additional services include:
- Selecting and gaining admission to Graduate schools
- Writing Graduate Admission Essays
- Applying for competitive Fellowships
- FREE or REDUCED fee waivers when applying to selected graduate schools
- Considerations for financial support to take the GRE test
- Opportunities to attend graduate school visits
- Opportunities to present your research at McNair research conferences
- A stipend to conduct research during the summer research experience
- Connections to a larger national McNair community of student scholars
- Academic Advising
- Test and Study Strategies
- Publication Workshops
- Attend Research Conferences
- Submit research proposals for poster or oral presentation
Who is Ronald McNair?
Dr. Ronald E. McNair, the second African-American to fly in space, was born on October 12, 1950 in a poor southern community in South Carolina. Despite his circumstances, Ronald McNair was determined to see his dream of being a scientist come true.
In 1967, he graduated valedictorian from Carver High School. In 1971, he graduated from North Carolina A&T State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in physics and enrolled at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Ronald McNair earned a Ph.D. in laser physics at 26 and eventually became a nationally recognized expert in the field.
In 1978, Dr. McNair was selected by NASA as one of thirty-five applicants from a pool of ten thousand for the space shuttle program. Dr. McNair was assigned as a mission specialist aboard the 1984 flight of the shuttle Challenger. On his first space shuttle mission aboard Challenger, he orbited the earth 122 times.
Among his many academic achievements, Dr. McNair was the recipient of three honorary doctorates and a number of fellowships and commendations. He was a sixth degree black belt in karate and an accomplished jazz saxophonist.
Dr. McNair was the mission specialist aboard the ill-fate Challenger flight in 1986. On the morning of January 28, 1986, Dr. McNair and six crew members died in an explosion aboard the space shuttle.
Apply now to engage in the McNair Scholar programs, including the Summer Research Internship Opportunity
- Work with faculty mentor whose research interest are related
- Write a paper based on the intern’s research results, which will be published in the McNair Scholars Journal
- Develop and electronic, oral and research poster to be reviewed for McNair Symposium
- Stipend awarded
- Program Dates: May 27-July 26 (Tentative)