Scholars at the 24th Annual University of Maryland National Conference for McNair Scholars and Undergraduate Research

McNair scholars are dedicated to exploring the unknown and recognize the power and value that their voice will bring.

Empowering the next generation of students.
Dr. Ronald E. McNair

Dr. Ronald Erwin McNair was an accomplished physicist who overcame poverty and racism to become the second African American astronaut. He tragically died in the Challenger explosion in 1986. In addition to his academic achievements, he was also a loving father, a karate black belt, and a skilled saxophonist. The McNair Scholars program aims to continue his legacy by supporting underrepresented students in STEM fields.

“Whether or not you reach your goals in life depends entirely on how well you prepare for them and how badly you want them. You're eagles! Stretch your wings and fly to the sky!” - Ronald E. McNair​​


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Years Funded by U.S. Department of Education
of Undergraduate Students Served in the Last 10 Years
of Undergraduate McNair Scholars moved on to graduate school
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