Ronald E. McNair
Achievement Program

McNair Scholars

The University of Maryland Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program (McNair Scholars Program) is designed to prepare students who are primarily from low-income, first generation and traditionally underrepresented groups to pursue doctoral studies.

Students who will have at least 60 credit hours by the end of the spring semester (rising juniors and seniors), and who wish to pursue doctoral studies, enhance research and writing skills, participate in faculty-led research projects and meet overall program requirements are eligible to apply. The program offers services which include, but are not limited to:

  • Preparation for graduate school admissions tests
  • Academic counseling, tutoring, and mentoring
  • Summer research internships, which may include monetary stipends along with free room and board
  • Faculty-guided research and mentoring
  • Assistance with identification and acquisition of graduate school financing
  • Advanced writing classes
  • Opportunities to present original research at national forums and academic conferences

The McNair Scholars Program at the University is one of approximately 177 such programs nationwide and serves a very important function in preparing AAP students for doctoral programs.