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McNair Scholars Program

If you are interested in undergraduate research and preparing to attend graduate school, this program is for you!

The McNair Scholars Program is a federal program that promotes academic research for undergradues by connecting students with faculty mentors to explore the research process and then carrying out a research project.


Opportunities for McNair Scholars:

  • Work with a faculty mentor team
  • Learn about the research process
  • Be eligible for a paid summer research internship
  • Conduct, present, and publish their own research
  • Experience graduate school visits, conferences, and fairs 
  • Receive graduate school application assistance
  • Prepare for the GRE


Students must be:

  1. a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  2. a junior undergrad with a competitive GPA who is consdering graduate study
  3. either a first-generation, low-income student or a student from an ethnic or racial group underrepresented in graduate education
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Meet Our StaffMcNair Scholars Program Logo

Margaret Shull, J.D. - Director

660-543-8815 / shull@ucmo.edu

Kari Azevedo, Ph.D. - Academic Coordinator

660-543-4135  / kazevedo@ucmo.edu

Carmen Dotson, M.S. - Office Professional

660-543-8830 / dotson@ucmo.edu

Background on the Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program

The McNair Scholars Program was named after Dr. Ronald E. McNair, the second African American to fly in space, and a victim of the 1986 space shuttle Challenger disaster.

Dr. McNair was nationally recognized for his work in the field of laser physics and was selected by NASA from a pool of ten thousand applicants for the space shuttle program. He was the recipient of three honorary doctorates and many commendations and awards.

As a tribute 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.


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