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Funding For McNair Program Continues at UNH

By Jody Record, Campus Journal Editor
November 19, 2008

A program that encourages low-income students and minority undergraduates to consider careers in college teaching and prepares them for doctoral study has received continued funding for the next four years.

The Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program, named for astronaut Ron McNair who died in the 1986 space shuttle Challenger explosion, was established by Congress in 1986.

Federal law requires students to be from a first-generation, economically challenged background or from a background underrepresented in graduate study.

UNH will receive $278,900 annually for the next four years, an amount that will provide aid to 32 UNH students a year.

Academic services include courses in research grant proposal development and research methods and execution. Students may also enroll in writing workshops and preparation seminars for the GRE and graduate school, as well as in a college teaching introductory course.

Students are provided with research opportunities and faculty mentors.

The McNair Program is part of the federal TRIO programs (Educational Talent Search, Upward Bound, Student Support Services, and Educational Opportunity Centers) and is administered nationally by the U.S. Department of Education.
The university has been home to the McNair Scholars Program since 1991. The program’s academic internships and summer fellowships are awarded annually, on a competitive basis, to eligible undergraduates.

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