The UA Little Rock McNair Scholars Program is one of the Federal TRIO Programs governed by the United States Department of Education and officially called the Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program. TRIO programs were designed with the purpose of providing support to students from historically disadvantaged backgrounds so that they can complete their 4-year college degree. The McNair Scholars Program was added in 1986 to compliment that goal by seeking to support undergraduate students who would like to attend graduate school and pursue their doctorate degree.
The UA Little Rock McNair Scholars Program works with undergraduate students who would like to gain new or additional experience conducting undergraduate research, which is necessary to be competitive for graduate school admissions. At the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, 26 Elite Scholars are supported each year to participate in our enriching Research Internship Program. In their first year, Scholars participate in the Summer Research Internship. In subsequent years, Scholars are able to complete their McNair requirement of research during the academic year or the summer.
The University of Arkansas at Little Rock’s Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program prepares students to compete with the best.