Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program - University of North Texas

University of Houston-Downtown
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Undergraduate Research


Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement programs, also known as McNair Scholars Programs, prepare university undergraduates (juniors and seniors) who are low-income, first generation, and/or members of groups underrepresented in graduate education. The goal of the program is to increase the number of students from underrepresented segments of society to successfully complete a Ph.D. degree. 

Program Description

The Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program provides year-round research experience with faculty mentors from various academic disciplines. The scholars collaborate with their mentors to publish journal articles and present research results on state, regional, and national platforms. In addition, seminars and summer research classes are provided covering topics such as critical thinking, research design, statistics, graduate financial assistance, the graduate experience, time management, and GRE preparation for the purpose of preparing students to successfully undertake graduate education and complete doctoral degrees.


172 of 207 scholars have completed a baccalaureate degree, and 26 have continued on and earned doctoral-level degrees.

Of students served, 71 of the 207 are Latino. 11 are still undergraduates, 22 are still in graduate school, 24 have received master's degrees, and 10 have received doctoral degrees.

 22% of their scholars' have received doctoral-level degrees.

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