Ronald E. McNair was best known for his illustrious service to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. McNair was born October 12, 1950, in Lake City, South Carolina. He attended North Carolina AT&T State University, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1971 with a BS in Physics. McNair then enrolled in the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 1976, at the age of 26, he earned a Ph.D. in Physics. McNair became a recognized expert in laser physics while working as a staff physicist with Hughes Research laboratory. He was selected by NASA for the space shuttle program in 1978 and was a mission specialist aboard the 1984 flight of the shuttle Challenger. Ronald McNair was tragically killed in the Challenger accident in 1986. After his death, members of Congress provided funding for the Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program to encourage first generation and multicultural college students to enroll in graduate studies.
The UW-Whitewater McNair Scholars Program prepares low income, first generation and/or groups underrepresented: Black (Non-Hispanic), Hispanic, American Indian, Alaskan Native, Native Hawaiians, and Native American Pacific Islanders for doctoral study as well as eventual careers as faculty.
This program promotes:
A central feature of the program is the mentoring provided by UW-Whitewater faculty, where each scholar receives guidance in working on a research project, as well as regular contact with a professional role model. The research component requires each scholar to complete a research project and present that project at a professional conference. Scholars participate in a research internship during their second summer at a university, regional, or national research center.
Turn in completed materials to McCutchan Hall 219 or electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org. Complete meeting with a McNair staff to review application materials, undergraduate research plan and graduate school plans by calling 262-472-2804. McNair Advisory Committee will confirm prospects after formal review. Sign McNair Scholars Program Student agreement. Application Deadline: February 3rd, 2017