University of North Texas Ronald E. McNair Program

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Undergraduate Research


The UNT Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement 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.

Program Description

The purpose of this program is to provide research and other scholarly experiences to prepare select undergraduates (first-generation college and economically marginalized and/or underrepresented in graduate education) for doctoral education.


Of students served, 71 of the 207 are Latino; 11 are still undergraduates (15%); 22 are still in graduate school (31%); 24 have received masters degrees (34%); and 10 have received doctoral degrees - 7 Ph.D.s, 2 M.D.s, and 1 J.D.(14%).

Two hundred and seven students have been served since 1992 in the McNair Program at UNT. Of these, four have withdrawn, 31 are currently being served and 172 scholars have graduated with baccalaureate degrees (as of May 2010). Of the 172 scholars who have completed a baccalaureate degree, 26 have continued on and earned doctoral-level degrees. Of those who have enrolled in graduate school (121 of 162 eligible or 75%), 22% have received doctoral level degrees (rate of doctoral degree attainment for target population is 12% nationally and 10% for Texas).