Welcome to the McNair Student Achievement Program
The McNair Student Achievement Program prepares selected University of Hawai'i at Mānoa undergraduates to pursue doctoral study. McNair students come from disadvantaged backgrounds and demonstrate strong commitment to academic excellence in science, technology, engineering and math. A cohort of McNair participants each year receives personalized faculty mentoring and other academic services in a culturally and socially supportive environment. As McNair students immerse themselves in research and other scholarly projects, college becomes not only a path to a Ph.D. degree but a stepping stone to making a vital contribution to their respective communities.
McNair legacy at UH Mānoa
The U.S. Department of Education provides funding for the McNair Student Achievement Program as part of a federal initiative known as TRiO. Congress named the program for the late Dr. Ronald E. McNair, the eminent African-American physicist and NASA astronaut who perished in the launch of the Challenger Space Shuttle. In 2009, the UH Office of Student Equity, Excellence and Diversity (SEED) received a federal grant to establish the McNair Student Achievement Program at the UH Mānoa campus. SEED perpetuates the McNair legacy of outstanding scholarship by providing services, leadership and advocacy for program participants.
McNair at a glance
- Enhances chances of doctoral degree attainment by groups underrepresented in higher education
- Provides targeted support for studies in the disciplines of science, technology, engineering and math
- Supports college juniors and seniors committed to completing doctoral degrees within ten years of finishing undergraduate studies
- Assists students in developing research and presentation skills necessary for success in post-graduate study
- Provides faculty mentors to help students complete scholarly research projects
- Coordinates an intensive summer internship program and provides a $2800 stipend to each participant
- Offers workshops, seminars, academic courses and other personalized services to help students qualify for admission to quality graduate programs
- Promotes awareness of cultural diversity by involving students in service learning projects