The UF McNair Scholars Program, named in honor of Dr. Ronald E. McNair, exists to support undergraduate college students from low-income, first-generation, and underrepresented backgrounds in their future pursuit of a Ph.D.
Funded by the U.S. Department of Education as one of the federal government's TRIO programs, this program prepares undergraduate students for pursuit of a doctoral degree by providing financial support, mentoring and opportunities so they can gain research experience, academic skills and strategies, and develop student/faculty mentor relationships that are so crucial for success in higher education.
To learn more about Dr. McNair (an African-American engineer, scientist and astronaut who perished in the 1986 explosion of the space shuttle Challenger), visit our About Dr. McNair page.
In the summer, they participate in an intensive research program and attend weekly workshops on the nature of academic life, standardized test preparation, writing and researching skills, the graduate school application process, and other topics related to graduate study at the doctoral level.
During the academic year fall and spring semesters, McNair Scholars continue working on research, participate in cultural and educational activities, and meet regularly with their research mentors and other McNair staff.
All of these activities are designed to equip McNair Scholars with the information and experience they need to successfully enter and complete a graduate program.
During our 2020 Open House, our Director Dr. Samesha Barnes Ivey presented on the essential information interested students need to know about the McNair program.