A Federal TRIO Program


Important Dates for 2015-2016

  • Applications Available - September 7, 2015
  • Priority Application Deadline - November 27, 2015
  • Application Review Begins - December 4, 2015


If you would like to view previous McNair news features from this page - please visit our 2014-2015 News Archive.


On Friday December 6th, the McNair Scholars Program gathered for its final symposium and to celebrate the graduation of four scholars.  Louisa Hussein, Paul Fowler III, Jon, Nelson, and Tyler Wieland were honored for their contributions to research in each of their respective majors and attainment of their Bachelor’s degrees. Each graduate was individually recognized, using excerpts from their statements of purpose for both their McNair Scholars Program application as well as their Graduate school applications. The quotes highlighted the depth and growth of each graduate, demonstrating their strengths and personal accomplishments within the academic community. Paul Fowler III, graduating with his bachelors in History, is also the recipient of the Nicole Bingham Memorial Scholarship and the Undergraduate Research Award.  Jon Nelson, who will be receiving his B.A. in sociology, is also the recipient of the KU College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Betty Wahlstedt award for excellence in the social sciences and the KU Office of Study Abroad Scholarship.  Nelson is a member of the Honors Program and is a National Merit Scholar.  Tyler is obtaining his bachelor’s degree with honors in atmospheric science.  He was also honored with the Undergraduate Research Award and is a Hixson ScholarLouisa Hussein is graduating as a dual major in psychology and applied behavioral science. During her tenure as a scholar she obtained certifications in First Aid & CPR, Service Learning, and the Research Experience Program.

Additionally, Graduate Assistant Chelsie Bright presented her final symposium with the KU McNair Scholars Program titled, “Disseminating Research.” Bright will be leaving her position as a graduate assistant with the program in order to expand her own research and obtain her PhD. Bright’s contributions to the program as an adviser and assistant are vast and will be greatly missed. The staff and students of the McNair Scholars Program wish all the best to our graduates and to Chelsie Bright.

For more McNair News - Check out the McNair Chronicle, Fall 2013

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Ronald McNair

Ronald Ervin McNair, the second African American to fly in space, was born October 21, 1950, in Lake City, South Carolina to Carl and Pearl McNair. He attended North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro, where, in 1971, he graduated magna cum laude with a B.S. degree in physics.

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Our first symposium of the semester is today from 4-6pm. So excited about today's presentation. :)


The Program, funded by the U.S. Department of Education as one of the TRIO programs, was established at the University of Kansas in October 1992. It is one of 185 Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Programs nationwide, designed to help ensure that the next generation of American faculty members represents the diversity of our society at large by preparing students from groups traditionally underrepresented in graduate education for doctoral study.