The Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program

The Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program

Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program

Ronald E. McNair
Ronald E. McNair

The McNair Scholars Program is made possible through a grant from the U.S. Department of Education. Its purpose is to support undergraduate students’ scholarly activities throughout the academic year and summer. John Jay College is funded to serve 27 students per year.

The objective of the program is to encourage low-income and first generation students (as well as students from underrepresented populations) to pursue graduate study, provide academically enriching experiences and mentoring to prepare students for graduate school admission and eventual doctoral study.


Special Aspects of the Program
  • Workshops and Activities. McNair Scholars will participate in workshops, seminars, classes, and other scholarly activities designed to enhance their academic abilities. They will also complete a research course prior to a summer research internship. In addition, they will participate in activities designed to build personal skills that will facilitate their transition to graduate school.
  • Research and Mentorships. Each McNair student will select a faculty mentor from the discipline in which he/she hopes to pursue graduate study and will receive a stipend after conducting research under the guidance of that mentor. Students may also have the opportunity to attend professional conferences with their mentors, where they may meet distinguished scholars and learn more about their chosen fields.
  • Graduate School Admission Preparation
    McNair Scholars will receive individual and group services to facilitate their successful entry into graduate school. Included in this will be extensive Graduate Record Examination preparation and help with the graduate school application process. Scholars will also receive financial aid counseling, career counseling, and personal counseling.


Letters of recommendation from faculty mentors and research experiences listed on the resumé will enhance the student’s standing in the competition for graduate school admission.

Many graduate schools waive application fees and offer special fellowships to McNair Scholars.

Our Scholars

Every year, the U.S. Department of Education sponsors 15-20 McNair scholars at John Jay College. Learn more about the McNair Scholarship recipients and their research:

Our Mentors

The McNair program has a robust and diverse representation of mentors from various disciplines, including Economics, Psychology, Philosophy, Political Science, African American studies, English, Sociology, Law & Police Science, and History. Learn more about the McNair mentors and their research:

McNair News and Events

Second-year McNair Scholars presented their research at the annual Atlanta and Buffalo Conference this summer. 

Second-year McNair scholars presented their research during the Research Week held at John Jay College from April 29 to May 3rd. On the last day of that week, they presented their research at the McNair Roundtable. 

Congratulations to the McNair scholars who got accepted to the graduate programs.

Two of our McNair Scholars were accepted for prestigious placements to pursue graduate degrees abroad in England. 

A McNair scholar has been awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) Fellowship. 

On Friday, April 13, McNair Scholars participated in the 6th Annual McNair Bowling Event. View pictures.

From March 14-17, 2013, several McNair Scholars presented their research at the University of Maryland’s National Research Conference in College Park, MD. 
View photos here. (Videos coming soon).

McNair Newsletter & Journal

The McNair program publishes a biannual newsletter and an annual journal that highlights a full list of McNair activities and scholars’ achievements. Learn more about the past achievements of McNair scholars and alumni:

For more information about the program, contact McNair Program assistant Ms. Rachel Rosado at