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Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program

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Mission Statement

The mission of the McNair Scholars Program is to provide promising undergraduates with the knowledge necessary to achieve and successfully obtain a terminal degree. This is done through enhancement workshops, advanced research, a mentoring program, and a supportive atmosphere.

Vision Statement

The Lamar University McNair Scholars Program will continue to increase the number of eligible low-income, first generation students or those underrepresented in graduate study who enroll and complete graduate programs earning a doctoral degree.

We will remain a program that strikes a deep chord within our students to pursue and complete an education (not just a degree) beyond their undergraduate degrees.

We are dedicated to providing an exceptional undergraduate research experience including cultural and service activities, integrating state-of-the-art computer facilities and software, and providing dedicated faculty mentors and staff.

We will continue to be a leading undergraduate research program that opens doors to all disciplines towards furthering the pursuit of graduate degrees.

Our curriculum will reflect the most current trends in order for our students to gain acceptance to the most ardent schools of graduate studies.

The McNair Scholars Program is committed to helping students build solid foundations in their professional and personal relationships through mentoring, group building activities and fostering a sense of accomplishment in their educational goals at the end of their program.

Dr. Ronald E. McNair


Ronald Erwin McNair was born October 12, 1950 in Lake City, South Carolina to Carl and Pearl McNair. Although he grew up amidst crushing poverty, McNair always exhibited a deep thirst for scientific knowledge. 

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