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Founded in 1996 in honor of Ronald E. McNair, Ph.D., the laser physicist and Space Shuttle Challenger astronaut, the Gannon University TRIO McNair Scholars Program was funded by the U.S. Department of Education in October of 2017. The program annually
serves 25 eligible undergraduate Gannon students who are interested in engaging in undergraduate research and other scholarly activities, pursuing a graduate education, and earning a doctorate degree.
McNair participants are either first-generation college students with financial need, or members of a group that is traditionally underrepresented in graduate education and have demonstrated strong academic potential. The goal of the McNair Scholars Program
is to increase graduate degree awards for students from underrepresented segments of society.
Ronald Erwin McNair was born October 21, 1950 in Lake City, South Carolina. While in junior high school, Dr. McNair was inspired to work hard and persevere in his studies by his family and by a teacher who recognized his scientific potential and believed
in him. Dr. McNair graduated as valedictorian from Carver High School in 1967. In 1971, he graduated magna cum laude and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from North Carolina A&T State University (Greensboro). Dr. McNair then enrolled
in the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 1976, at the age of 26, he earned his Ph.D. in laser physics. His dissertation was titled, “Energy Absorption and Vibrational Heating in Molecules Following Intense Laser Excitation.” Dr.
McNair was presented an honorary Doctorate of Laws from North Carolina A&T State University in 1978, an honorary Doctorate of Science from Morris College in 1980, and an honorary Doctorate of Science from the University of South Carolina in 1984.
Students must meet one of the following criteria:
First generation student
WITH financial needs
A member of an underrepresented group in graduate education
A member of a group that is underrepresented in graduate education; Black (non-Hispanic), Hispanic, American Indian, Alaskan Native, (as defined in section 7306 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended (ESEA), Native Hawaiians
(as defined in section 7207 of the ESEA), and Native American Pacific Islanders (as defined in section 320 of the HEA).
Student must also:
If you are interested in
the McNair Scholars Program, please complete the interest form HERE. Applications can also be picked up at the McNair office located in Nash Library lower-level room 038. Completed applications can be emailed to Julie Pecoraro at firstname.lastname@example.org or
Charmaine Wilson at email@example.com.
The McNair Scholars Program is extremely beneficial when applying to graduate school. It is designed to prepare undergraduate students by providing services designed to enhance successful entry into post-baccalaureate education. It demonstrates that the
student is capable of going beyond course requirements and is truly interested in learning about how an academic discipline approaches problem solving. Additionally, undergraduate research training provides the skills and knowledge essential for success
in the workplace. Other benefits include:
*Travel funds are contingent upon program participation and are granted at the discretion of the director.
The McNair Summer Research Institute promotes research between scholars and faculty mentors who are instrumental in preparing undergraduate students for successful entry into graduate programs. For 8 weeks, rising juniors and/or seniors participate in
research with faculty; complete standardized test preparation; explore graduate school programs; and prepare materials for their graduate school applications. In addition, McNair Scholars present their current research findings at the end of the summer
program at the Gannon Gallery of Engagement Symposium.
Charmaine WilsonMcNair Director814-871-7838Wilson081@gannon.edu 109 University Square Erie, PA 16541 Nash Library 036
Julie Pecoraro McNair Coordinator 814-871- 7194 firstname.lastname@example.org 109
University Square Erie, PA 16541 Nash Library 038
McNair. (n.d.). About. Retrieved from https://mcnairscholars.com/about/