About The McNair Program

The Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program is designed to prepare participants for doctoral studies through involvement in research and other scholarly activities. McNair scholars are from disadvantaged backgrounds and have demonstrated strong academic potential.

Students studyingNorthern Michigan University’s McNair Scholars Program works closely with students in completing their undergraduate requirements, encouraging and supporting their entrance into graduate programs, and tracking their progress to successful completion of advanced degrees. The goal of McNair is to increase the attainment of Ph.D. degrees by students from underrepresented segments of society.

McNair scholars are undergraduate students who have the desire, drive, and capability to complete their baccalaureate degrees and continue beyond to a Ph.D. program.

The McNair Scholars program is funded by the U.S. Department of Education to serve first-generation college bound students who also have financial need. Additionally, students who are traditionally underrepresented in doctoral programs are eligible to apply.

The program assists scholars in developing study and research skills, navigating graduate school admissions, finding academic tutoring and actively participating in a summer of real research with a faculty mentor. This research results in a publishable paper and presentation poster.

We encourage you to join the McNair Scholars program, as an undergraduate participant, a faculty mentor or simply a supportive partner. Let us help you explore your potential.