Ronald E. McNair Achievement Program

Ronald E. McNair Achievement Program

UROC's Ronald E. McNair Achievement Program is for students who come from backgrounds underrepresented in graduate education and have an interest in pursuing a doctoral degree (PhD). Students interested in professional school (i.e. MD, JD, DVM) are not eligible.


SPRING 2023: McNair Scholars begin the program in the spring semester and enroll in a 3 unit reading and writing intensive course to strengthen your academic skills. You will work with the McNair Instructional Team on completing the first portion of a written research report which includes a review of relevant literature to better define your research interests.

For spring, all students must attend ENGL 340: Professional and Technical Writing which will be taught in person, on campus. The McNair course meets Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8:00 am to 9:15 am. Students are required to attend this McNair course (No exceptions).


SUMMER 2023: McNair Scholars who have successfully completed the spring course continue into the summer research portion of the program. You’ll be registered for 3 units (GRAD 492:Directed Research) and work with a UA faculty mentor on a small scale research project in your field of study. You will also be registered for 3 units (GRAD 495: Professional Writing) and work with the McNair Instructional Team on completing your written research report, research poster, and oral presentation. Students are paid a $5,000 summer research stipend and your summer tuition (6 units total) and registration fees are waived. You’ll also complete GRE preparation and testing, attend workshops on funding for Graduate School, practice and polish your public speaking skills, and have your abstract published in the UROC Abstract Review.

For the summer, a full-time commitment to all activities is expected of all students (No exceptions).


FALL 2023: McNair Scholars continue into the fall semester and are registered for a 1 unit graduate school preparation course. You will work with the McNair Instructional Team on completing and submitting your applications to graduate school.

For fall, all students must attend GRAD 496A: The Graduate School Application Process, which will be taught in person, on campus, Fridays, 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm (No exceptions).



  • The McNair program is open to students in all disciplines that lead to a doctoral degree (PhD), including STEM, social science, and education.
  • You must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0+.
  • You must be a continuing UA junior or senior:
    • With a graduation date of December 2023 or May 2024
    • AND planning to apply to doctoral programs in fall 2023.
  • McNair Eligibility: In order to be considered for the McNair program, you must be:
    • Committed to earning a doctoral degree (PhD);
    • A student who is both first-generation college AND low income
      • First-generation college is a student whose parents did not complete a bachelor’s degree.
      • Low income is a student who qualifies for a Federal Pell Grant.
    • OR
    • A student who comes from a background(s) that is underrepresented in graduate education (Latinx, Native American, African American, Pacific Islander).



  • McNair is a member of the Undergraduate Research Opportunites Consortium (UROC).  Graduate College UROC programs (Summer Research Institute, Minority Health Disparities, Minority Access to Research Careers, UROC-PREP) share a common application.  Please read the instructions carefully and review the application before you complete it, since you may want to take time to write some of your responses separately, and then cut and paste them into the application.  The application must be completed in one sitting. 
  • For the UROC on-line application: CLICK HERE
  • The application deadline for the Ronald E. McNair Achievement Program has been extended to 5:00 pm, November 4th. Students who are interested in McNair can schedule a meeting with Dr. Andrew Huerta, McNair Program Director, to find out more about the program and discuss their plans for their doctoral education. Contact Dr. Huerta at email (preferred):


The Ronald E. McNair Achievement program is sponsored through a federal grant (#P217A220105)
through the US Department of Education, Federal TRIO Programs.


Last updated 24 Aug 2022