The Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program is part of the Federal TRIO Program within the U.S. Department of Education, and must follow certain eligibility and reporting requirements.
To be eligible to be a McNair Scholar, a student must meet all the following federal requirements and UWM Program requirements below.
Federal Eligibility Requirements
- McNair Scholars must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
- In addition, McNair Scholars must either:
- Be a first-generation college student (neither parent has received a four-year bachelor’s degree) and be considered low-income as determined by the Federal TRIO Programs: www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ope/trio/incomelevels.html.
- Be from a TRIO-defined “group underrepresented in graduate education." The following ethnic and racial groups are considered underrepresented in graduate education: Black or African American, Hispanic, American Indian, Alaskan Native, Native Hawaiians, and Native American Pacific Islanders (as published in the Federal Register).
Each McNair Scholar must also:
- Plan to attend graduate school after graduating from UWM, with the intention of receiving a PhD.
- Have junior or senior standing at UWM.
- Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00.
- Agree in writing to satisfy all program requirements.
- Obtain three recommendations, one of which must be prepared by a faculty member.
- Agree to not work or attend classes during the summer research internship, and attend all other year-round, program activities.
- Enroll in and attend the McNair Graduate Research Seminar during the Spring 2020 semester.
- This one-hour, 1-credit course will be held on Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 9:20 a.m.
- This course will prepare scholars for the summer research internship, which begins in June 2020.
- Admitted Scholars must enroll in the course before the start of the Spring 2020 semester.
- Cost of enrollment is covered by the UWM McNair Scholars Program.