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The Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program (McNair Scholars Program) at Binghamton University 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 186 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.

We focus on students who want to go to graduate school to ultimately earn a PhD.


  • Interested in pursuing a PhD
  • (1) Low-income, first-generation college student and/or (2) historically underrepresented minority (African American, Hispanic/Latino, Pacific Islander or Native American) 
  • Full-time undergraduate student at Binghamton University
  • Completed 48 credit hours
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA for the past three semesters
  • U.S. citizen or a permanent resident 
  • Applications accepted on a rolling basis (program admittance usually at beginning of semesters) 

Services we provide:

  • McNair Summer Research Internship
  • Undergraduate research with a professor during academic year
  • Faculty and McNair staff-led seminars to assist with graduate school preparation
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) preparation, GRE reduced price
  • Counseling to identify financial aid for graduate school, including assistantships and fellowships
  • Assistance completing graduate school applications and writing effective personal statements
  • Financial support to present at research conferences
  • Graduate school visits
  • Development of writing skills
  • Graduate school application fee waivers
  • And more!



Last Updated: 9/28/18