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McNair Program Receives $1.1 Million Grant from U.S. Department of Education

October 01, 2012

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – The McNair Scholars Program at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi has been awarded a $1.1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to assist low-income, first-generation college students and underrepresented groups.

The five-year federal grant, which will begin on Monday, Oct. 1, was submitted for renewal by Dr. Patricia Spaniol-Mathews, director of the McNair Scholars Program, and Dr. Gerardo Moreno, assistant vice president for Student Success.

“This is just one of many examples of how the University is continually finding ways to invest in our students,” said University President Flavius Killebrew. “We want to ensure that all of our students who work hard to reach their academic goals have the same opportunities for a promising future.”

The McNair Scholars Program prepares qualified undergraduate students for doctoral studies through involvement in research and other scholarly activities including STEM research projects. Participants are from underrepresented groups and have demonstrated strong academic potential.

 “The McNair Scholars Program helps disadvantaged students enter graduate education programs and complete research projects,” said Dr. Spaniol-Mathews. “This grant helps these underrepresented students with their journey into graduate school and eventually to complete a doctorate while assisting in providing national recognition for our students and our university.”

Texas A&M-Corpus Christi faculty mentors and staff work closely with students in the program, helping them complete undergraduate requirements, encouraging them to enroll in graduate programs, and tracking their progress to the completion of advanced degrees. More than 90 percent of the University’s McNair scholars complete summer research and present at national conferences.

McNair Scholars receive a $2,500 summer research stipend, a major factor in providing low-income and first-generation college students with the ability to enhance their research skills and present research nationally.

The McNair Scholar services provided at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi include:

  • Opportunities for research including STEM research and other scholarly activities
  • Summer internships; seminars and other educational activities to designed to prepare students for doctoral study
  • Tutoring; academic counseling; and activities designed to assist students participating in the project in securing admission to and financial assistance for enrollment in graduate programs
  • Counseling services designed to improve financial and economic literacy of students
  • Faculty research mentors and student mentors, and exposure to cultural events and academic programs not usually available to disadvantaged students

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