Lamar University McNair Scholars Program

2015-2016 McNair Cohort


The Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program, known at Lamar University as the McNair Scholars Program, is seeking talented college juniors and seniors who are first-generation and low-income students, or who are from a group underrepresented at the doctoral level. Established in 1986 by the U.S. Department of Education and named for astronaut and Challenger space shuttle crewmember Ronald McNair, the program encourages students to pursue graduate studies by providing opportunities to define goals, to engage in research, and to develop the skills and student/faculty mentor relationships critical to success at the doctoral level.

Research Internships Opportunities 

The McNair Research Internship Program provides a six-week summer semester research

internship experience. You will be paired with a Lamar University faculty member whose

research interests match your own, and under the direction of this mentor, you will participate in a research project. Other highlights of your internship provided by the program include:

• up to a $2,800 stipend for the internship period

• three semester hours in an undergraduate research course, tuition, room and board during the internship period

• funded trips to professional conferences and graduate school visits

• access to laptops during internship

• individualized seminars on research skills, the graduate school application process, financial support available to graduate students, and preparation for the GRE

• access to research and computing facilities and

• opportunities to interact with successful role models who have earned terminal degrees

Eligibility Criteria 

• first-generation and low-income and/or underrepresented undergraduate in graduate study

• U.S. citizenship or permanent resident

• 3.0 or higher cumulative GPA

• 45 completed undergraduate semester hours

• Desire to pursue Masters and/or Ph.D.

The Lamar University Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program is 100% federally funded at $230,215 by the U.S. Department of Education annually.