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LaRuth McAfee
229 Bascom Hall
500 Lincoln Drive

Bharati (Maya) Holtzman
Associate Director
408 Bascom Hall
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Dana-María Baldwin
Graduate Student Advisor

UW–Madison Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program (McNair Scholars Program) creates a bridge between undergraduate and graduate education. The McNair Scholars Program supports eligible undergraduates in acquiring the knowledge, skills and capacities necessary to successfully navigate the rigors of Ph.D. studies through immersion in research and a variety of scholarly activities. Students who join the McNair Program join a community of peers. Each year, approximately 32 highly qualified students interested in research and graduate studies are selected from a pool of applicants to participate in the program.

The goal of the McNair Scholars Program is to increase the attainment of Ph.D. degrees by students from underrepresented segments of society.

This program is funded by the US Department of Education TRIO grant and accepts applications first generation college students from low-income circumstances and targeted minority applicants in STEM majors. For details, please see Eligibility Criteria.

About Dr. Ronald E. McNair

In January 1978 NASA selected Ronald E. McNair to enter the astronaut cadre as one of the first three African Americans selected. In 1986, McNair and his six crew members died in an explosion aboard the space shuttle Challenger. In his memory, members of Congress provided funding for the Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program to encourage low-income, first generation college students to enroll in graduate studies.

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