McNair Scholars Program/ Ronald McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program
(608) 263-5517 -- Maya Holtzman (Associate Director)
(608) 262-0631 -- Dana-María Baldwin (Graduate Student Adviser)
217 Bascom Hall
500 Lincoln Drive
Madison, WI 53706
The University of Wisconsin-Madison McNair Program is dedicated to preparing low-income, first-generation, and underrepresented students for graduate education leading to a Ph.D. This program is named after Dr. Ronald E. McNair, one of the first African American astronauts and one of six crew members who died in an explosion aboard the Challenger space shuttle explosion in 1986.
The University of Wisconsin-Madison Ronald E. McNair Post-baccalaureate Achievement Program recognizes that the inclusion diversity of scholars is integral to excellence, and seeks to groom a new generation of scholars and researchers that will more accurately reflect the growing inclusion diversity in intellectual perspectives, life experience, and cultures represented in academia. Twenty-five UW-Madison Scholars participate in this comprehensive graduate school preparation program designed to provide them with the tools necessary for success in graduate education and for a career in academia and research.
A particular focus of this program is to provide research opportunities for McNair Scholars. Our students conduct research with the guidance of faculty mentors, who facilitate the students’ academic growth. McNair Scholars also attend and present at national research conferences, receive one-on-one academic counseling, participate in professional development workshops, and attend informational seminars on all aspects of graduate school, including the application process.