McNair Scholars Program

Juniors and seniors heading for graduate school can get a head start on research experience through the Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program. The U.S. Department of Education established the program to honor Ronald E. McNair, who died aboard the space shuttle Challenger in 1986.

About the Program

Participating students receive a stipend of $2,800 to fund a research or scholarly project. The student conducts the project with the assistance of a faculty mentor. Projects require 40 hours per week for eight weeks during the summer semester. During the fall or winter semesters, projects require at least 10 hours per week.

In addition to doing the research or scholarly project, students attend McNair Program conferences, seminars and workshops. Upon completion of the project, students present a research paper.


The program goal is to increase graduate school enrollment among first-generation college students with low incomes and among minority students.

Eligibility Requirements

University of Missouri students who:

  • Are U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
  • Have a cumulative grade point average of 2.8 or above.
  • Will have earned at least 60 credits by the beginning of the internship period.
  • Qualify as either:
    • A first generation college student who also has a specified income level or
    • A member of a group underrepresented in graduate education (American Indian, Black/African-American, Hispanic or Latino/a, Native/Pacific Islander, or Alaskan Native)
  • Participants must maintain a 3.0 GPA throughout the project.

Learn More

For more information or an application form, stop by the McNair Program Office, 10 Arts and Science Building, 573-882-1962.