Undergraduate juniors or seniors planning to pursue a doctoral degree who meet one of two criteria:
McNair Scholars are provided with research opportunities, faculty mentoring and seminars to prepare them for doctoral study. Nationwide, there are upwards of 180 McNair projects, serving more than 5,200 students.
At CU Denver, the program serves 25 academically-skilled juniors and seniors each year who have strong ambitions to complete their PhD.
Like our CU Denver TRIO Student Support Services, McNair Scholars is committed to providing resources that foster intellectual, personal, and professional growth for all program participants:
Ronald E. McNair, PhD was a physicist and NASA astronaut from Lake City, South Carolina. Nationally-recognized for his work in laser physics, McNair was a mission specialist on the Challenger space shuttle.
After a successful first flight, McNair was killed in 1986 when the Challenger disintegrated nine miles above the Atlantic Ocean. His legacy lives on through those influenced by his unbending determination, regardless of the obstacle. The Ronald E. McNair Post-baccalaureate Achievement Program supports students who share his strong ambitions of completing a PhD program and earning a doctoral degree.
After graduating as valedictorian of Carver High School in 1967, McNair earned his bachelor’s degree in physics with accolades from North Carolina A&T State University and his PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1976. He was among the few selected to work with NASA, where in 1984 he became just the second African American to fly a space mission.
McNair Scholars are taking research to new heights by making an impact here on campus and around the world. Follow them in our research blog.