Adapted from the September 25, 2017 UNCGNow article:

UNCG has received a 5-year, $1.15 million grant award from the U.S. Department of Education to support first-generation and underrepresented students in undergraduate research and graduate school preparation. UNCG is one of five universities in North Carolina to be selected for the program, and one of 161 institutions selected from across the country.

The program is named in honor of Dr. Ronald Ervin McNair, an American physicist and astronaut, and the second African American to go into space. McNair was one of seven crew members who died during the launch of the Space Shuttle Challenger on January 28, 1986.

UNCG-McNair Scholars will receive up to a $5,000 stipend and participate in the McNair Summer Research Institute. They will also receive faculty mentoring, GRE test preparation, and a summer course on research and writing. Students will have several opportunities to present their research at conferences across the country.

“The UNCG-McNair program is another example of how UNCG is setting the standard for student success,” said Provost Dana Dunn. “UNCG continues to prioritize what is most important: creating an environment that enables our students to maximize their potential and achieve their goals. This generous grant directly supports that objective. Our university is proud to be a leader when it comes to transforming the lives of students who come from traditionally underserved populations.”

Ronald McNair photo credit: Johnson Space Center, NASA

To read the entire UNCGNow announcement (September 25, 2017), visit this link.

For more information on UNCG’s McNair Scholars Program, contact Dr. Joseph M. Green, Executive Director of Retention, Progression and Completion and Grant PI, at or (336) 256-0114.

To learn more about the McNair Scholars Program with the U.S. Department of Education/TRIO, visit this link.