Program Overview

Welcome to the Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program (McNair Scholars Program) at Binghamton University.

The McNair Scholars Program is one of the Federal TRiO Programs and was authorized by the U.S. Congress in 1986 to memorialize the achievements of Dr. Ronald E. McNair.

The Federal TRiO Programs are educational opportunity outreach programs designed to motivate and support students from disadvantaged backgrounds. TRiO includes six outreach and support programs targeted to serve and assist low-income, first-generation college students and students with disabilities to progress through the academic pipeline from middle school to post-baccalaureate programs. The McNair Program is designed to increase the numbers of low-income, first generation and/or underrepresented minority students attending graduate school and receiving their doctorate. There are currently 179 McNair programs across the country.

The McNair Scholars Program prepares participants for doctoral studies through involvement in research and other scholarly activities. Participants are from disadvantaged backgrounds and have demonstrated strong academic potential.

Students who want to go to graduate school to ultimately earn a PhD are our focus.

The McNair Scholars Program at BU provides:

  • McNair Summer Research Internship: receive stipend for research during eight-week program at BU
  • Undergraduate research with a professor during academic year: earn stipend for approved research
  • Faculty and McNair staff-led seminars to assist with graduate school preparation
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) preparation
  • Counseling to identify financial aid for graduate school, including assistantships and fellowships
  • Assistance completing graduate school applications and writing effective personal statements
  • Supported attendance at national and regional research conferences
  • Campus visits to other graduate school programs
  • Mentoring provided by BU faculty and McNair staff
  • Tutoring for courses and development of writing skills
  • Graduate school application fee waivers

You are eligible to apply to the program if you are/have:

  • Interested in pursuing a PhD after receiving your bachelor’s degree
  • From a low-income family and neither of your parents has a bachelor’s degree or you are a historicallyunderrepresented minority (African American, Hispanic/Latino, Pacific Islander or Native American)
  • A full-time undergraduate student attending Binghamton University
  • Completed 48 credit hours
  • A minimum GPA of 3.00 in the each of the past three semesters
  • A U.S. citizen or a permanent resident


Last Updated: 9/21/16