About the Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program

The Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program at NC State provides an enriching educational experience for first-generation and low income and students from underrepresented groups, to excel as undergraduates, succeed in graduate school and ultimately enter faculty positions in our nation’s colleges and universities.

The Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program provides participants with an experience designed to:

  • Encourage students from groups often underrepresented in graduate programs to pursue master’s and doctoral degrees
  • Foster students’ professionalism, preparedness for doctoral education, and an understanding of how to succeed in graduate school through specialized programming
  • Develop skills critical to success at the graduate level including definition of goals, undergraduate research opportunities, and student/faculty mentor relationships

Individual program services and activities are provided at no cost to the participants by the McNair Scholars Program and include:

  • Individualized academic and personal support from McNair Scholars Program Staff
  • Experience conducting research
  • A paid summer research experience or internship
  • Faculty, graduate student, and peer mentoring
  • GRE preparation
  • Opportunities to participate in research conferences and visit graduate schools
  • Assistance in locating and applying to graduate schools
  • Workshops on the graduate school application process, financial aid, scholarships and fellowships