• Dr. Ronald E. McNair
  • Dr. Ronald E. McNair
  • Crew of the Space Shuttle Challenger
  • Dr. Ronald E. McNair
  • Dr. Ronald E. McNair

“Changing the Face of Doctoral Education”

The Renowned McNair Scholars Program is a U.S. Department of Education TRIO Program.


mcnairscholars@uab.edu

205-996-1561 (phone)

205-934-8887 (fax)

Monday-Friday, 8:00am-5:00pm

Education Building - Room 240 (VMASC)

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The application process is still open. Apply today!

Purpose

The purpose of the Ronald McNair Scholars Program is to increase the attainment of PhD degrees by students from underrepresented segments of society.


Benefits

The benefits of our program include:

  • Opportunities for research and other scholarly activities
  • Summer internships
  • Seminars and other educational activities designed to prepare students for doctoral study
  • Free tutoring
  • Free printing
  • Assistance with personal statements
  • Academic Counseling
  • Activities that assist students in securing admission and financial assistance for enrollment in graduate programs
  • Education or counseling services that improve financial and economic literacy of students
  • Mentoring programs involving faculty members at institutions of higher education
  • Exposure to cultural events and academic programs
  • GRE preparation
  • Graduate School Tours

Interested Applicants

Students who are interested in this program must be:

  • low-income and a first-generation college student
    OR
  • a member of an underrepresented group in graduate education (African American, Hispanic, American Indian, Alaskan Native, Native Hawaiian, Native Pacific Islander)

Additionally, students must:

  • be a citizen or a permanent resident of the U.S.
  • be a sophomore, junior, or a senior who is enrolled full-time at UAB
  • have a minimum of a 3.0 GPA
  • have an interest in conducting research (Research is required every summer)
  • be a student who is committed to attending graduate school and earning a doctorate degree. (Students must be interested in pursuing a Ph.D. or Ed.D. only. We are seeking students who are interested in pursuing a doctorate degree in a concentrated area: Biology, Chemistry, Math, History, English/Literature, Business, Psychology, Sociology, Engineering, Computer Science, Education, Physics, Theater, Music, MD/Ph.D., etc.)
    Majors that are excluded include JD, PharmD, MD, PT, OT, DNP, and DDS. See staff for additional exclusions.

 

Interested applicants may complete the application below:

Below you will find the recommendation form for prospective applicants:


Faculty Mentoring

Are you a faculty member at UAB who is currently conducting research and interested in mentoring students? Come join our team!

Faculty members are the key to quality research for our scholars and our program. Faculty mentors will provide individualized attention on all aspects of the student's research activities, as well as some academic and career advising. Faculty mentors will benefit by making a difference in a scholar’s life by assisting students in developing professional work habits, research skills, and personal relationships to assist them in future doctoral pursuits.

Please click the application below if you are interested in finding out more about the qualifications, training, and experience needed to become a faculty mentor.


About Dr. McNair

Dr. Ronald E. McNair (1950-1986) was born and raised in Lake City, South Carolina. He came from a low-income family but was determined to excel in academia and life. He graduated as the valedictorian of Carver High School in 1967, and in 1971, he received his bachelor’s degree in Physics, magna cum laude, from North Carolina A&T University in Greensboro, N.C. In 1976, at the age of 26, he received his Ph.D. in Physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Ronald McNair was nationally recognized for his work in laser physics and was one of the thirty-five applicants selected by NASA from a pool of ten thousand. In 1984, McNair became the second African-American to make a flight into space. He was a mission specialist on the space shuttle Challenger. He was a member of the crew when the Challenger exploded nine miles over the Atlantic shortly after take off from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on January 18, 1986.

Dr. McNair exemplified excellence and was the recipient of several honorary doctorates, fellowships and commendations. He had a sixth degree belt in karate and was an accomplished saxophonist. Dr. McNair was also a dedicated husband and the father of two children, Reginald Erwin and Joy Cheray.