As one of eight federally-funded TRiO programs, the goal of the McNair Program is to increase the attainment of PhD degrees by students from underrepresented segments of society. Funded by Congress through a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, the program prepares eligible participants for successful doctoral studies.
Eastern's McNair program provides opportunities for:
Eligible participants demonstrate strong academic potential and are low-income, first generation in college students, or from populations underrepresented at the doctoral level. The first McNair programs were funded by Congress in 1989, and pay tribute to Ronald E. McNair, PhD, crewmenber on the space shuttle Challenger. The McNair Program at Eastern Washington University, began in the 1995-96 academic year.
All selected EWU TRiO McNair scholars become part of the McNair community with faculty research mentors and staff dedicated to their success. Scholars participate in research internships with faculty mentors in their majors, and the McNair project provides a stipend up to $2,800 for the research internship. Scholars also earn up to 12 summer quarter credits for the internship project (with no tuition fee).
EWU TRiO McNair also provides seminars on:
During the graduate application process, emphasis is placed on providing scholars with financial resources and support available to graduate students. EWU McNair Scholars have been awarded competitive teaching, research and graduate assistantships in graduate programs around the country, as well as fellowships such as the prestigious Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship.
The Federal TRIO Programs (TRiO) are Federal outreach and student services programs designed to identify and provide services for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. TRIO includes eight programs targeted to serve and assist low-income individuals, first-generation college students, and individuals with disabilities to progress through the academic pipeline from middle school to postbaccalaureate programs.
"McNair helped me break down my personal barriers of self-doubt, which haunts all first-generation and low-income students. McNair provided the guidance in application, personal support during my academic journey, and celebration when I finished both my Master's in Biology (EWU) and Doctorate in Anthropology (WSU)." - Kerensa Allison, PhD (EWU TRiO McNair 1996)
For information about TRiO programs nationwide visit: http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ope/trio/index.htm
The TRiO EWU Ronald E. McNair Project is 90% federally-funded by Congress through the
U.S. Department of Education at $244,188 for 2012, and 10% EWU funded at $25,000.
phone: 509.359.6200 (campus operator)
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