McNair Scholars Program to join The Graduate School

July 01, 2004

The Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program, formerly a part of Academic Advancement Programs under the vice provost of educational equity, will join The Graduate School today, July 1.

Teresa Tassotti will continue as the director of the McNair Scholars Program, which will fall under the umbrella of the Office of Graduate Educational Equity directed by Evelynn M. Ellis.

The move will bring the Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program and the Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP) in line with other academic institutions across the country where the two programs are housed in the same unit. Recent discussions with several large research universities, some under the Committee for Institutional Cooperation, clearly suggest that the union strengthens both programs.

The Ronald E. McNair Post-baccalaureate Achievement Programs are part of the federally funded TRIO programs and are funded through the U.S. Department of Education. Congress created the program in 1986 to honor the achievements of astronaut Ronald McNair, who was killed in the Challenger tragedy. The program targets first generation, low-income college students and underrepresented groups. Workshops and seminars are designed to help prepare the students for graduate work and to encourage them to pursue academic careers. The students spend the fall and spring semesters at their home institutions taking honors courses and doing research. Like the SROP students, they spend their summers conducting research and preparing papers for presentation at national conferences.

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