The McNair Scholars Program is designed to prepare qualified UT Arlington undergraduates for graduate study culminating in the Ph.D. The program thus provides many benefits to assist scholars to become more competitive in the graduate school application process, leading to their admission to top-ranked programs and facilitating a smooth integration into graduate-level work.
In creating the Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program, the U.S. Congress paid tribute to Dr. Ronald McNair, an astronaut and scientist who perished aboard the space shuttle Challenger in 1986. The goal of the McNair program is to assist promising students from low-income/first-generation or under-represented backgrounds to enter the professoriate. It was founded on the premise that neither socio-economic nor minority status should prevent talented students from pursuing a career in teaching and research at the college or university level.
The McNair Scholars Program strives to provide opportunities to disadvantaged undergraduates that will assist them to overcome the obstacles often associated with low socio-economic and/or minority status and, via graduate study, to reach their full academic and professional potential.
The McNair Scholars Program at the University of Texas at Arlington fosters success among academically talented but disadvantaged undergraduates enabling them to continue their education beyond the baccalaureate. The McNair program provides guidance, mentoring, academic support, and research and other scholarly activities, thereby preparing Scholars for a successful transition to graduate study culminating in the PhD and a career in the professoriate.
The McNair Scholars Program at UT Arlington was funded by the U.S. Department of Education in 1990. It is one of approximately 150 McNair programs at public and private colleges and universities throughout the United States.
The program works with a minimum of 34 Scholars each academic year. It recruits new participants from all majors (in which one might earn a Ph.D.) each fall for spring admission. The program particularly encourages science, technology, engineering and mathematics majors to apply. McNair Scholars remain active members of the program until they graduate with a bachelor of arts or science.
Some McNair Scholars remain on campus for their graduate studies, while others attend graduate programs at institutions throughout the nation. Many Scholars receive substantial funding packages either from their graduate programs or from outside granting agencies.
McNair Scholars benefits from a considerable array of services ranging from free UTA transcripts for program-related use to a summer research internship with $3,000 stipend. Such benefits allow participants multiple opportunities to develop their academic and professional potential and to realize their dream of attaining a Ph.D. and entering academia. Scholars enjoy the following:
Undergraduates enrolled in at least 12 hours* per semester may apply if they meet the following criteria:
**Low-income status is determined by annual taxable household income limits set by the U.S. Department of Education. First-generation status refers to an undergraduate neither of whose parents earned a degree from a four-year institution of higher learning.