Letter from the McNair Director

James Whitney

The Rutgers McNair Program at Rutgers University is proud to be one of only 158 grant recipients of the federally funded Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program. This program was estabished in honor of Dr. Ronald E. McNair, the second African American to fly in space, who died tragically in the space shuttle Challenger in 1986. One of eight TRIO Programs, the McNair Scholars Program is federally funded by the U.S. Department of Education. It is specifically designed to prepare students for doctoral studies through involvement in research and other scholarly activities. 

Rutgers is a premier research university that has a variety of opportunities for our students, and more importantly an outstanding research faculty that works to mentor and engage our McNair Scholars. McNair has a long history of having talented undergraduates who research a variety of topics and continue those studies well into their doctoral studies. Scholars also attend other universities to participate in summer research and present at conferences across the country. Ultimately, the goal of the McNair program is to increase the attainment of doctoral degrees by students in all disciplines from underrepresented populations.

Research is a great way to extend learning beyond the classroom and move from the consumption of knowledge to the creation of knowledge. Participation in the McNair Program also allows for a host of cultural and learning experiences that cut across all disciplines when preparing for graduate studies and beyond. If you are interested in becoming a future McNair scholar, or just interested in conducting research, I encourage you to review our website or come by our office and visit a member of our TRiO McNair staff.

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James H. Whitney III