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Clarkson University McNair Program awarded $1.3 million by U.S. Department of Education

Grant helps first-generation low-income and historically underrepresented undergraduates complete PhDs

The US Department of Education has awarded Clarkson University its seventh Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program grant. The awards will total $1.3 million over five years. Above, Clarkson McNair Scholar Aaron Usher works with his faculty mentor Mario Wriedt on
The US Department of Education has awarded Clarkson University its seventh Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program grant. The awards will total $1.3 million over five years. Above, Clarkson McNair Scholar Aaron Usher works with his faculty mentor Mario Wriedt on “Design Strategies for the Discovery of Water-Stable Zwitterionic Metal-Organic Frameworks.” Summer 2022

The US Department of Education has awarded Clarkson University its seventh Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Grant. The awards will total $1.3 million over five years.

This grant supports underrepresented and first-generation students from low-income backgrounds to pursue Ph.D. Degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

The program is named after Dr. Ronald E. McNair, the second African-American and one of the seven crew members on the Challenger Space Shuttle, who met a tragic end during the tragic 1986 mission. named.

As a tribute to his accomplishments, Congress and the McNair family formed the Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program to help young people not only follow in McNair’s footsteps, but also lead their own paths.

Since its inception, Clarkson’s McNair Scholars Research Program has provided 353 students with an intensive research experience and graduate preparation. Under the new grant, 31 Clarkson students each year will share her McNair Scholars fame.

“This program provides the support, inspiration, and access students need to pursue advanced degrees,” said Kathy McNamara, Vice President for Academic Support and Student Engagement. “We are honored that the Department of Education recognized our program and the success of our students by awarding Clarksons her McNair Scholars for the next five years.”

McNair Scholars participate in a 10-week residential summer research program. The program is complemented by workshops on related topics such as research ethics, the graduate application process, graduate funding sources, and preparation for the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). .

In addition to the workshops, there are seminars for Clarkson-McNair alumni who have or are in the process of completing their doctoral degrees. These speakers provide students with knowledge and guidance on the path to that degree.

“The McNair program has taken me every step of the way from not even knowing what a PhD was to being accepted into a top 20 Ivy League university for competitive funding,” said Herbert Fountain ‘. 22 says. “HEOP and CUPO Director Marjorie Warden and his CUPO Assistant His Director Deborah Shipp are both committed to improving student lives and helping students who have traditionally been underrepresented in his STEM fields. We are working tirelessly to increase our opportunities.”

Today, Clarkson’s McNair Program graduation rate is 99%. 39% of his graduates have master’s degrees. 13% hold a Ph.D. And 4% have a professional degree, all well above the national average.

The McNair Program is overseen by HEOP & Community Underrepresented Professional Opportunities Director Marjorie Warden, Assistant Director Deborah Shipp, and Assistant Director Shannon Marratt.