McNair Scholars Program

The McNair Scholars Program, officially known as Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program, is a federal TRIO program funded by the U.S. Department of Education. It is designed to prepare undergraduate students for doctoral studies through involvement in research and other scholarly activities. McNair participants are either low-income first-generation college students or members of a group that is traditionally underrepresented in graduate education and have demonstrated strong academic potential. The goal of the McNair Scholars Program is to increase graduate degree awards for students from underrepresented segments of society.

Who We Serve

McNair Scholars prepare eligible participants for doctoral studies through involvement in research and other scholarly activities. The program works closely with participants as they complete their undergraduate requirements, encourages participants to enroll in graduate programs, and then tracks their progress through to the successful completion of advanced degrees.

Eligibility for McNair Scholars Program at Texas State University

  • An enrollment at Texas State University
  • A US citizen or permanent resident
  • Classified as a sophomore or junior by entry into the McNair program
  • Meet one of the criteria: first-generation and low-income or underrepresented group in graduate education
  • GPA minimum 3.0
  • Potential for graduate education
  • Strong interest for pursuing a graduate degree immediately following completion of a bachelor’s degree
  • Desire to attain a doctoral degree

Who Are We

Benefits of joining McNair Scholars Program

  • Students participate in research under the mentorship of a professor The scholars are provided $2000 to conduct a research project 
  • Publication of summer research project in the McNair Research Journal 
  • Have opportunity to present their research at professional conferences and publish in the Texas State University McNair Scholar Journal 
  • Attend graduate school preparation workshops and seminars focusing on the topics related to admission to graduate school including Graduate Record Examination (GRE) 
  • Travel assistance to present research at conferences and visits to graduate schools 

History of McNair

Contact Us

Contact Info

TRIO- McNair

400 N LBJ Drive
San Marcos, TX, 78666
(512) 245-8135
mcnair@txstate.edu