UNM McNair Program Funded Another Five Years

September 14, 2017 - Dorene DiNaro

McNair sidebarThe University of New Mexico and the College Enrichment and Outreach Programs recently announced that the Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program has been selected to receive grant funding until 2022 totaling $1,219,805 to be distributed over the new five years.  The program, which is part of the Federal TRIO programs was first funded in 1999 and has served over 400 students.
“This is a very competitive grant process,” says Ricardo Romero, McNair Scholars Program & Research Opportunity Program director.  “The U.S. Department of Education receives grant applications from hundreds of universities around the country.”
Every year twenty-eight students who have committed to pursue a graduate education in research-based fields participate in the McNair Program.  At least 50% of those students come from the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields.
“Our students are from underrepresented ethnic groups and/or first generation college students from low-income backgrounds,” says Romero.  “The University and the McNair Program recognize that these groups traditionally lack access to resources and activities that aid in the transition to graduate and study, so the McNair program is a great opportunity for them.”
All McNair scholars conduct research with a professor and have the opportunity to receive a stipend, along with program provided seminars, workshops, advisement, and other activities designed to prepare students for research and graduate study with the goal of obtaining a Ph.D.
For more information about the program, please visit mcnair.unm.edu or 505.277.5491.