Winthrop University: McNair Scholars

McNair Scholars

Winthrop's Summer 2022 McNair Researchers will present their mentor-supported research on campus Monday, June 20, 2022 in the DiGiorgio Center (Dina's Place and Digs 114) 1:30 - 5:45 pm.The event will be live streamed. Click here to learn more about their research. 

This TRiO Program prepares undergraduates to be successful in PhD programs. We serve oustanding first generation college students from low-income families and undergraduates from racial and ethnic groups underrepresented in graduate education. Click here to see Winthrop McNair alumni with doctorates.

If you are an undergraduate interested in becoming a McNair Scholar, please complete the online portion of the application here now. The McNair Advisory Board voted unanimously to continue accepting applications for this year's waitlist. Winthrop McNair Summer 2021 Researchers

News

  • 13 new and 4 continuing McNair Scholars are completing the 2022 Winthrop McNair Summer Research Experience May 11 - July 8. Each Scholar is individually matched with and supported by a dedicated and knowledgeable Faculty Mentor with a PhD. In addition, Dr. Matthew Hayes (Stats and Methods Coach) and Stephanie Bartlett (Writing Coach) hold office hours 3-4 days each week to support the Scholars' through project development, implementation, and dissemination. 
  • If you are interested in seeing if you are eligible for Winthrop's McNair program, please complete the first part of the application at: https://tinyurl.com/IsMcNair4me. Dr. Fortner-Wood, the Director, will email you regarding your eligiblity for the program after you complete the online survey.
  • Congratulations to our alumni who have achieved McNair's ultimate objective - the PhD. Most recently, Dr. Aaron Fountain (PhD, Indiana Univ.) and Dr. Savannah Moritzky (PhD, U of Rochester) defended their dissertations. See our list of Winthrop McNair alumni with doctorates here
  • See McNair Scholar McKenzie Bennett, NSF Graduate Research Fellow, celebrated in the July 2021 Winthrop Magazine  (p. 17) and in this press release. Helping Scholars secure funding for doctoral studies is one of McNair's services. 
  • Congratulations Lydia Rodriguez and Savannah Stinson for being voted Scholar Among Scholars by the 2021 McNair Summer Research cohort!
  • Congratulations to our 2021-22 McNair Graduates including 11 Scholars and many alumni.
  • Click here to read the Director's letter to campus regarding Dr. McNair's Legacy on the 35th Anniversary of the Challenger Tragedy (527 KB). Here are a couple links to learn more about and/or remember Dr. Ronald E. McNair. 

TRiO

About the Program

At least two-thirds of every Winthrop McNair cohort are first-generation college students who meet the TRiO low-income definition. No more than the remaining one-third of each cohort can meet federal eligiblity soley as an undergraduate from a racial or ethnic group underrepresented in graduate education. McNair services help participants increase their competitiveness for, apply to, and succeed in master's and doctoral programs. The program provides transformational research and graduate admissions supports and professional development opportunities throughout the junior and senior years. At Winthrop, this includes, but is not limited to, a paid summer research experience; faculty mentoring; quantitative and verbal reasoning prep; writing and stats & methods coaching; graduate admissions and funding application guidance; and travel to present research and explore graduate programs.

Winthrop's program is funded by a five-year renewable TRiO grant from the U.S. Department of Education. $261,888 in federal funding is provided this year for programming and materials that will help 30 eligible students prepare for graduate study. This represents 73% of program costs. Winthrop contributes the remaining 27% of the budget with approximately $95,000 in cash and in-kind matches.

To learn more about the impact of Winthrop's Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program, check out our program flyer or this article in the Winthrop Magazine

For a fun look at what our Scholars and Alumni have done, visit our newsletters or here.

To learn about our Scholars' award winning research, visit our summer research page, see Scholar Monejah Black's story, or check out http://digitalcommons.winthrop.edu/mcnair/. 


Useful Links 

Information about applying to the program is available here. 

Winthrop McNair Digital Commons

We continue to work with the good folks in Winthrop's Dacus Library to update our Digital Commons pages. In the meantime, here are the last three volumes of the Winthrop McNair Research Bulletin.

Dr. Ronald E. McNair Biography

Other sources of information about Dr. McNair include: His life story throught Story Corps (Eyes on the Stars), Remembering the Challenger Disaster (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jAQcAQWn3UY), and his academic accomplishments (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C1BalnZZx9s).  

Winthrop McNair GEPA Statement on Equitable Access

Winthrop McNair Graduate Assistantship

Winthrop McNair Graduate Scholarship

 

Last Updated: 6/17/22