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McNair Program Seeks Qualified Students

July 20, 2011
SHSU Media Contact: Julia May

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The Ronald E. McNair Post Baccalaureate Achievement Program, also known as the McNair Scholars Program at Sam Houston State University, is currently recruiting for its ninth cohort of scholars. The deadline for applications is Sept. 9, 2011.

The McNair program was established by the U.S. Department of Education in 1989 in honor of Ronald E. McNair. It is designed to provide talented first-generation college students from low income families and students from populations under-represented in graduate education with effective preparation for doctoral study.

The McNair program at SHSU encourages graduate studies by providing opportunities for undergraduates to define their goals, engage in research, and develop the skills and faculty mentor relationships that are critical to success at the doctoral level.

Each year, the McNair Program sponsors a handful of juniors and/or seniors and outfits them with everything they need to become more competitive applicants for a graduate degree. The McNair Program offers several benefits, including a $1,600 research stipend for completing a research project with the collaboration of a faculty mentor, paid travel to conferences and graduate programs of interest, a tuition free McNair research class, use of a laptop for the duration of the research project, free GRE prep courses, graduate school application fee waivers, personal academic and career counseling, among other things.

One of the most unique aspects of the McNair Program is the opportunity to conduct a research study with a faculty member and to develop a mentoring relationship with that person. Following the conclusion of the project, scholars will be required to present their research at a McNair conference, at a national or regional conference in their discipline, or at the McNair Annual Research Symposium to be held early in the fall semester.

As part of the program, scholars are also involved in a series of workshops that prepares them for the graduate school application process and for graduate studies. The workshops center around filling out graduate applications, creating resumes or vitas, computer skills, statistics skills, time management, stress management, study skills, and others.

Eligibility requirements include that the applicant must: 1) be a first-generation and low income student OR a be member of an underrepresented minority group (Hispanic, African-American, Native American, Native Alaskan); 2) be a U.S. citizen or permanent U.S. resident; 3) be at least a junior at SHSU; and 4) have a 3.0 or above grade point average at SHSU.

Interested students can contact the McNair Office (AB3 room 216) at 936.294.3279 or by email at mcnair@shsu.edu or visit their website: http://www.shsu.edu/~mcnair.

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