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Binghamton University McNair Scholars Program

Program Overview

Welcome to the Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program (McNair Scholars Program) at Binghamton University.

The McNair Scholars Program is one of the Federal TRiO Programs and was authorized by the U.S. Congress in 1986 to memorialize the achievements of Dr. Ronald E. McNair.

The Federal TRiO Programs are educational opportunity outreach programs designed to motivate and support students from disadvantaged backgrounds. TRiO includes six outreach and support programs targeted to serve and assist low-income, first-generation college students and students with disabilities to progress through the academic pipeline from middle school to post-baccalaureate programs. The McNair Program is designed to increase the numbers of low-income, first generation and/or underrepresented minority students attending graduate school and receiving their doctorate. There are currently 179 McNair programs across the country.

The McNair Scholars Program prepares participants for doctoral studies through involvement in research and other scholarly activities. Participants are from disadvantaged backgrounds and have demonstrated strong academic potential.

Students who want to go to graduate school to ultimately earn a PhD are our focus.

The McNair Scholars Program at BU provides:

You are eligible to apply to the program if you are/have:


McNair Staff


David Cingranelli

Dr. David Cingranelli
Project Director
(607) 777-6594

Professor Cingranelli's research is focused on the human rights practices of governments from a cross-national comparative perspective.

Cingranelli teaches graduate seminars titled Human Rights and World Politics, Public Policy Theory, Strategies for Policy Analysis, and American Foreign Policy. His undergraduate offerings include Ethics and American Foreign Policy, Conflicts of Rights, and Labor Politics, Policy and Law

Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania

more info:

To schedule an appointment please call the Project Assistant, Junior Beckford, at 607.777.6594


Project Coordinator
Melanie Ragin
(607) 777-6594

To schedule an appointment please call the Project Assistant, Junior Beckford, at 607.777.6594


Junior Beckford


Junior Beckford
Project Assistant
(607) 777-6594


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Last Updated: 12/3/14