The mission of the McNair Scholars Program at Roosevelt University is to provide promising undergraduates with the knowledge necessary to achieve and successfully complete a doctoral degree. The McNair Scholars program accomplishes this through enhancement workshops, advanced research, a mentoring program, and a supportive atmosphere.
McNair students are required by their senior year to complete a number of scholarly activities as they prepare to apply for graduate school and graduate funding opportunities. McNair students benefit from a summer research program, presenting research at professional conferences, visits to graduate schools they are interested in attending, academic counseling, course tutoring, preparing for GRE exams, and receiving advice and assistance with the graduate school selection and application process. The McNair Scholars Program is committed to helping students build solid foundations in their professional and personal relationships through mentoring, community building activities, and nurturing a sense of accomplishment in their educational goals at the end of their program.
The Roosevelt University McNair Scholars Program is funded by the U.S. Department of Education as part of the Federal TRIO program and Roosevelt University. The McNair Scholars program is overseen at Roosevelt University by the Office of the Provost.
The McNair Scholars Program was named to commemorate the academic achievements of Dr. Ronald Erwin McNair, Physicist and one of seven crew members who perished in the 1986 Space Shuttle Challenger disaster. Ronald Erwin McNair was born on October 21, 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. In 1971, he graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Physics degree from the North Carolina A&T State University. In 1976, he earned his Ph.D. degree in Physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and went on to work with the Hughes Research Laboratory where he became recognized as an expert in the field of laser physics.
In addition to his academic achievements, Dr. McNair received three honorary doctorate degrees and many fellowships and commendations. These included Presidential Scholar, 1967-1971; Ford Foundation Scholar, 1971-1974; National Fellowship Fund Fellow, 1974-1975; Omega Psi Phi Scholar of the Year, 1975; Distinguished National Scientist, National Society of Black Professional Engineers, 1979; and Friend of Freedom Award, 1981. He also held a fifth-degree black belt in karate and was an accomplished jazz saxophonist.
Dr. McNair realized his dream of becoming an astronaut in 1978 when he was selected from a pool of ten thousand applicants for the NASA space shuttle program and became the second African-American to fly in space. Dr. McNair participated in two space shuttle flights aboard the Challenger, logging a total of 191 hours in space during his first flight.
After his death aboard the space shuttle Challenger in 1986, Congress approved funding for the Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program in recognition of his accomplishments. The McNair Scholars Program, dedicated to the support and promotion of the high standards of achievement exemplified by McNair, is designed to increase the number of low-income, first-generation and underrepresented minority college students who pursue and complete doctoral degrees and is dedicated to excellence in teaching, research, service, and practice.
Applications are available to all eligible full-time undergraduate students at Roosevelt University. All majors are welcome to apply.
Eligibility requirements include:
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Throughout the academic year, McNair scholars receive:
To see if you are eligible for the McNair Scholars Program, please do a quick eligibility screening.
After you complete the quick eligibility screening, the McNair Scholars Program will contact you via email for the next steps in the application process.
To review the additional application materials that you may need to complete your McNair Application Portfolio, please see below (1-5). All application materials for your McNair Application Portfolio must be dropped off in the McNair Office in AUD-711.
To apply for the McNair Scholars Program, you will need to submit:
Accepting applications on a rolling basis for entry in the Fall. Must have at least one full year (i.e. Fall, Spring, Summer and Fall BEFORE graduating).
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