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Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program (McNair Scholars)

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The  McNair Scholars Program at Clarkson University prepares qualified undergraduate students in STEM for entrance into a PhD Program upon graduating. The goal of the program  is  to increase the number of first-generation, low-income and/or underrepresented students in PhD programs, and ultimately, to diversify the faculty at colleges and universities across the country.  The McNair Scholars Program is a TRIO program funded by the U.S. Department of Education and Clarkson University.

The Clarkson McNair Scholars Program provides undergraduates with opportunities to participate in academic year and summer research activities. McNair scholars attend workshops and seminars on topics related to graduate school preparation; complete a research project under the guidance of a faculty mentor; and have the opportunity to present their research at local, regional and national conferences.


  • Underrepresented minority students (African American, Hispanic, Native American) or first-generation college students from a low-income background
  • U.S. citizen or permanent U.S. resident
  • 2.8 GPA or higher
  • Sophomore or junior undergraduate in science or engineering discipline
  • Strong interest in pursuing a doctoral degree


  • A federal TRIO program funded by the U.S. Department of Education and Clarkson University

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