Ronald E. McNair
Program Description: Academic Year
The Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program at the University of Rochester encourages talented students to pursue the doctoral degree. Established and funded by the United States Department of Education and named in honor of Challenger astronaut and laser physicist, Dr. Ronald E. McNair, the program provides participants with a mentored research experience, seminars and workshops on topics germane to the pursuit of the doctoral degree, and opportunities to meet with role models who have obtained the terminal degree.
Student Responsibilities Include
- Writing the personal statement
- Formulating a graduate school application plan
- Designating and completing a research project during one or two semesters
- Making formal presentations of research at local and national conferences
- Preparing for and taking the Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
- Applying to at least five Ph.D. programs during the final year of undergraduate study
To be Eligible, An Applicant Must Meet All of the Following Criteria:
- Be a US citizen or permanent resident
- Have a cumulative GPA of 2.8 or higher (a GPA of at least 3.0 in major field is preferred, but not required)
- Be a sophomore at the University of Rochester
- Be committed to pursuing the Ph.D (not an MD, JD, or other graduate degree)
- Be one of the following: low income (according to federal guidelines) AND a first-generation college student OR a member of a group underrepresented in graduate study at the doctoral level (African American, Native American, Hispanic)
Program Benefits Include:
- $1200 stipend upon completion and presentation of the required research project
- Opportunity to travel to local and national conferences to present research
- GRE fee reimbursement
- Application fee waivers and some fellowship opportunities for doctoral programs across the country
- Complete the below application completely.
- All attachments must be submitted through Google Drive. Create a folder called "Kearns Scholarship Application" and then paste the link to this folder in the application below. Right click on the folder and click “share.” Under "who has access" change the permissions to "Anyone who has the link can view" and then copy and paste the link.
- Required Attachments
- A photocopy of the federal income tax documentation (form 1040, pages 1 & 2) for the person who claims you as a dependent. You can view the specific pages we need here.
- A copy of your financial aid award from FAOnline
- Your resume/Curriculm Vitae
- You must submit two letters of recommendation from faculty members who can speak to your abilities as a student and potential researcher. All recommendations must be emailed by the professor/recommendor to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Application Deadline: Monday, December 2, 2013 at 5:00pm EST.