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The Program

The Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program is a 2-year program focused on developing and preparing students for success at the graduate level. The main objectives seek to increase the number of students in doctoral degree programs who are low-income and first-generation undergraduates, or students who come from groups underrepresented in graduate education. Each McNair Scholar brings essential perspectives and assets to Beloit College and a much needed critical lens to academia overall. The McNair program is housed within the Office of Academic Diversity and Inclusiveness (OADI). OADI reimagines how diversity and inclusion operate at Beloit College, and uses equity and asset-based frameworks to achieve our mission.

In order for Scholars to succeed, the Beloit College McNair program is designed as a two-year program. The elements of our program are as follows:

Year Activities Associated Units (if any)
Sophomore Year – 2nd semester

Applications due to McNair in January.

Selection of Scholars in February.

Completion of Research Design 2nd Mode Course.

   .25 (graded)
1st Summer Research Experience with Faculty Mentor on campus.    1.0 (graded)
Junior Year

Selection of second summer research experience program.

GRE preparation with test taken at the end of the prep class (2nd semester).

Start selection of graduate programs.

Present at, or attend, national undergraduate and professional conferences

2nd Summer

Research experience off campus through an undergraduate research program.

Refine selection of graduate programs.

   1.0 (credit-no credit)
Senior Year

Graduate Preparation Seminar mode course (Fall) – apply for a minimum of 3 programs.

Present at one national conference like NCUR or disciplinary conference


   .5 (graded)

Total credits allowed under the McNair Scholars Program: 2.75 units