McNair Scholars Program/ Ronald McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program



(608) 265-5228 -- General Office
(608) 262-5175 -- Audra Hernandez (Director)
(608) 263-5517 -- Associate Director (vacant)

Division of Diversity, Equity, and Educational Achievement
109 Bascom Hall
500 Lincoln Drive
Madison, WI 53706

UW–Madison Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program (McNair Scholars Program) creates a bridge between undergraduate and graduate education. The McNair Scholars Program supports eligible undergraduates in acquiring the knowledge, skills and capacities necessary to successfully navigate the rigors of Ph.D. studies through immersion in research and a variety of scholarly activities. Students who join the McNair Program join a community of peers. Each year, highly qualified students are selected from a pool of eligible applicants. 

The goal of the McNair Scholars Program is to increase the attainment of Ph.D. degrees by students from underrepresented segments of society.

This program is funded by the US Department of Education TRIO grant and accepts applications first generation college students from low-income circumstances and targeted minority applicants in STEM majors. UW-Madison is funded to serve 28 students, each year.

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.

McNair is now affiliated with the Division of Diversity, Equity, and Educational Achievement.