The Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program is a comprehensive program structured to prepare undergraduates for successful careers as graduate students, professors, and professional researchers. At the University of Idaho, the McNair Program will provide services to at least twenty-five students each year.
All students participate in academic year and summer graduate preparatory activities until they graduate and enroll in a doctoral program. TRIO McNair Scholars are motivated students who have both the desire and the potential to earn a doctorate degree. Scholars participating in the program increase and refine their academic skills and learn the tools necessary to be successful in graduate school.
The mission of the McNair Program at the University of Idaho is to increase the participation of low-income, first generation, and underrepresented scholars in graduate research based studies.
The McNair Program at the University of Idaho will be recognized as a thought leader and resource of choice in the culturally responsive preparation of diverse learners for graduate education and research.
The program will prepare scholars for graduate education and research through scholarly activities and services responsive to, and respectful of, their cultural identities and ways of knowing. Scholars will prepare, enroll and graduate from a graduate program of their choosing.
Benefits of Being a McNair Scholar
A general list of what you will gain:
- Research activities and scholarly work
- Workshops and colloquial based on Indigenous pedagogies
- Graduate school access skills
- Summer internships
- Professional research conferences
- Introduction to culturally responsive research
- Preparation seminars for graduate and doctoral study
- Financial literacy
- Academic success plan
- Faculty and research mentors