The University of Nevada, Reno Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program is federally funded at $231,000.00 annually
The mission of the McNair Scholars Program is to provide research opportunities and other related academic experiences that promote the acquisition of the doctoral degree (Ph.D.) for first generation, low-income, and underrepresented college juniors and seniors in an effort to increase the number of underrepresented persons pursuing teaching, research, and administrative careers in higher education.
A strong commitment to diversifying the faculty, researchers, and administrators in higher education fueled the development of the University of Nevada McNair Institute based on the success of the federally funded McNair Scholars Program. It is simply expected that all students at the university will participate in undergraduate research as part of their experience at the university. A particular emphasis is placed on ensuring that those students underrepresented in the ranks of faculty, researchers, and administrators are especially mentored to consider these fields as viable career options. As a result, underrepresented students make up 50% of those students who pursue graduate education immediately after graduating from the university. In addition, 40% of underrepresented students enrolled in graduate education enter doctoral programs leading to careers in teaching, research, or administration in higher education.