The McNair Scholars Program has been at PSU since 2003. It is funded with a Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program grant from the US Department of Education and cost-share funds from PSU. The goal of the program is to diversify the professoriate through increasing the number of first-generation, low-income and under-represented scholars with a PhD.
The McNair Scholars Program works with disadvantaged and underrepresented students to make them competitive and prepared for entry into and graduating from PhD programs.
Completing an undergraduate research project under the supervision of a faculty mentor, presenting the research at conferences, publishing the research paper and creating compelling graduate applications in additional to sound academic preparation make McNair scholars ideal candidates for PhD programs.
PSU selects at least 29 students in the Fall annually for the McNair Scholars Program.
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