Student Handbook

McNair Program

Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program
(Will be moving to room 216 in Rodli Hall)


The UWRF McNair Scholars Program provides an enriching educational experience for first-generation college students from low-income backgrounds, or members of a group that are traditionally underrepresented in graduate education and have demonstrated strong academic potential. Its purpose is to prepare undergraduates to become scholars with Ph.D.'s and participants in the program are referred to as McNair Scholars.

McNair Scholars participate in courses, seminars and workshops on topics related to graduate school preparation, complete a paid research project under the guidance of a faculty mentor, and have the opportunity to present their research at local, regional and national conferences. 


  • First-generation and limited income student (or) an underrepresented student (African American, Hispanic/Latino, Native American/Native Alaskan or Native Hawaiian/Native Pacific Islander)
  • Recommended 3.0 GPA