The Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program is designed to prepare undergraduate students for effective preparation for doctoral study. One of the principle purposes of the program is to increase the numbers of professors from traditionally underrepresented populations. North Dakota State University in Fargo is one of fourteen original universities chosen in 1989 to host a Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program. The program was established by the United State Department of Education and named for the astronaut and physicist Ronald E. McNair.
Eligibility: The McNair Scholars Program at North Dakota State University encourages applications from first generation income eligible and/or underrepresented students who have a strong research interest and are determined to continue on to graduate school.
Application Process: NDSU students who have completed their freshman year (30+ credits), in approved academic disciplines may apply. Participants are selected on the basis of having the greatest potential for pursuing doctoral studies. Students who wish to be considered should submit an application and a signed letter to the program director which expresses their desire to pursue doctoral study.
Phase I of the selection process includes financial aid information, transcripts from all colleges and universities attended, and two letters of recommendation, one of which must be from an NDSU faculty member. Once eligibility is assessed, the candidates are interviewed by the director of the McNair Program, who then selects the participants for phase II.
Phase II consists of an evaluation with the dean of the college and the chair of the department who makes their recommendation. The dean and/or the chair may request an interview with the applicant before making their final recommendation.
Phase III is the final round of interviews with the McNair Program director.