McNair Scholars Program


McNair is now accepting applications for 2020-2021!

McNair Application

2019 - 2020 McNair Scholars!

The Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program is designed to encourage first generation, low-income students and minority undergraduates to consider careers in college teaching as well as prepare for doctoral study. Students who participate in this program are provided with research opportunities and faculty mentors. This program was named in honor of the astronaut who died in the 1986 space-shuttle explosion. Currently there are more than 155 McNair projects at universities throughout the U.S., serving over 4,000 students. Sul Ross’ McNair program was established in October 2007 and is funded through the Department of Education's TRIO program.


  • Personalized research opportunities
  • Presentation opportunities
  • Sponsored trips to academic conferences, symposia, and graduate programs
  • Graduate school application fee waivers
  • Enhanced opportunities for graduate school admission, with funding!

Summer Research Institute

Selected students will be matched with a faculty mentor and will attend the Summer Session I Research Institute, conducting intensive, individualized research projects tailored to their specific areas of study. Students completing all research requirements will be provided room and board, tuition and fees for three semester hours and a $2,000 stipend.


Eligible applicants for the program must:

  • Be both low-income and first generation;
  • Be enrolled full time at SRSU~Alpine campus;
  • Have a degree plan on file in appropriate dean’s office;
  • Have completed 60 hours by the end of May;
  • Have a minimum GPA of 3.0;
  • Be recommended by at least two faculty members,
  • Desire to get a Masters degree and/or PhD; and
  • Be independent, self-motivated, self-directed, and hard-working!


  • Free tuition & fees for a 3 hour McNair research course Summer I
  • Room & Board stipend during Summer I
  • Opportunity to conduct intensive research with a faculty mentor
  • $2000 stipend upon successful completion of academic requirements
  • All-expense-paid state and national travel to conferences in your field of study
  • Preparation for graduate school and increased opportunities for acceptance and funding
McNair Application
Please contact Kathleen Rivers
(432) 837-8019
Brisco Administration Building 319