If you are interested in undergraduate research and preparing to attend graduate school, this program is for you!
The TRIO McNair Scholars Program is a federal program that promotes academic research for undergraduates by connecting students with faculty mentors to explore the research process and then carrying out a research project.
Students must be:
Kari Azevedo, Ph.D. - Interim Director
660-543-4135 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Amy Sawtelle, B.S. - Office Professional
660-543-8830 / email@example.com
The McNair Scholars Program was named after Dr. Ronald E. McNair, the African American astronaut who died in the 1986 space shuttle Challenger disaster. McNair was named valedictorian of his high school class and graduated magna cum laude from North Carolina A&T State University with a bachelor’s degree in physics. In 1976, at the age of 26, he earned a Ph.D. in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Dr. McNair was a recognized expert in the field of laser physics and was selected by NASA from a pool of ten thousand applicants for the space shuttle program, eventually becoming the second African American to fly in space. In addition, he was awarded three honorary doctorates and many commendations and fellowships.
As a memorial to Dr. McNair, the United States Congress established funding for a new TRIO program–The Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program. Its purpose is to prepare first-generation, low-income college students and students from groups underrepresented in graduate education for doctoral study and to help these students fulfill their educational dreams.