About McNair

Born in a low-income community in South Carolina, Dr. Ronald McNair earned his Ph.D. in physics at MIT and became a NASA astronaut. In addition to three additional honorary doctorate degrees, Dr. McNair was an Omega Psi Phi Scholar of the Year and Presidential Scholar, a Ford Foundation Fellow, a Distinguished National Scientist, a National Fellowship Fund Fellow, and a National Society of Black Professional Engineers member. He earned the Friends of Freedom Award, won the AAU Karate Gold Medal, and five Regional Black Belt Karate Championships.


Students must:

  • have a sincere desire to pursue graduate studies (all majors are welcome)
  • have earned 60 credit hours and will continue full time and have at least one summer before graduating​
  • have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.8
  • be a US citizen or permanent resident
  • be a first-generation college student (no parent or legal guardian holds a 4-year college degree) with financial need according to federal definitions OR be a member of a group that is underrepresented in graduate education:
    • Black or African American
    • Hispanic or Latinx
    • American Indian or Alaskan Native
    • Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islanders affiliated with the United States


  • Guided research with a mentor 
  • Paid summer internship (minimum $2800)
  • Graduate school preparation (workshops and resources)
  • Travel opportunities (campus visits and conferences)
  • Assistance with graduate admission and funding opportunities
  • Two semester hours of tuition-free credit for UNIV 311 course “Introduction to Research & Scholarly Activity”


Fall recruitment information will be available soon.

Contact Information

Please email us at mcnair@roosevelt.edu.

Meet the Team

Dr. Mike Maly, Sr Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, mmaly@roosevelt.edu
Dr. Cordelia Chong, Interim Director, cchong@roosevelt.edu
Dr. Alejandra Pietro-Mendoza, Associate Director, aprietomendoza@roosevelt.edu
Franziska Miles, Graduate Assistant, fmiles@mail.roosevelt.edu
Olivia Salazar, Graduate Assistant, osalazar01@mail.roosevelt.edu


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Director, McNair Scholars Program