Interested in pursuing a Ph.D., but wondering how you'll manage it as an underrepresented student?

Consider The Ronald E. McNair Post Baccalaureate Achievement Program                                           Trio Logo

The Ronald E. McNair Post Baccalaureate Achievement Program is one of the federal TRiO programs funded by the US Department of Education.  

The McNair Program mission is to create educational opportunities for all Americans regardless of race, ethnic background or economic circumstance. It assists students from underrepresented groups with preparing for, entering, and progressing successfully through Ph.D. programs. Two-thirds of the McNair Fellows are first-generation college students from low-income families, and one-third self identify as an African-American, Hispanic or Latino, Native Hawaiian, Native American Pacific Islander, American Indian and/or Alaskan Native. The program provides guidance, research opportunities, graduates school admissions assistance, and academic and financial support to students planning to pursue PhDs. Students are paired with a faculty mentor and conduct research projects during junior and senior years. Academic research fields in STEM leading to a Ph.D. are eligible.

The Wesleyan McNair Summer Research Program is a 9-week research internship with a faculty mentor coupled with cohort building programming, workshops, GRE preparation and graduate school visits. Students are housed together in university program housing and provided with a stipend as well as some meals.