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McNair summer research experience prepares first-gen, minority students for graduate school

McNair scholars group photoThis summer at UNC Greensboro, 17 first-generation and traditionally underrepresented students conducted research and prepared for graduate school, thanks to the McNair Scholars Program.

The Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program is a U.S. Dept. of Education initiative that prepares first-generation and traditionally underrepresented undergraduate students for doctoral studies. In fall of 2017, UNCG was one of six universities in the state to be selected for the program.

The McNair Summer Research Institute kicked off in early May with a weeklong trip to Washington, D.C., to visit the Library of Congress, tour graduate schools and meet with senators.

Throughout the intensive eight-week experience, students conducted independent research, prepared for the GRE (Graduate Record Examinations), participated in a writing lab and completed an academic professionalization course to prepare for the graduate school application process. Students received a $4,000 stipend, free housing in UNCG’s Spartan Village and additional funds for meals.

Recruitment for the second UNCG-McNair cohort will begin in August, and the fall kick-off will take place Sept. 26. To learn more about the UNCG-McNair Scholars Program, visit studentsuccess.uncg.edu/uncg-mcnair.

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By Alyssa Bedrosian
Photography provided by D. Clinton Williams