McNair Achievement Program


The McNair Achievement Program at Washington State University prepares first-generation/low-income students, and students from underrepresented backgrounds in graduate education for their future doctoral studies.


The McNair Achievement Program at WSU will be recognized as the university vanguard in preparing undergraduates for graduate education.


The McNair Achievement Program at WSU will provide program participants with graduate education preparation activities and services to include faculty mentored research experiences, coursework focused on the culture of graduate education, and academic and career counseling.

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Laura Anaya
WSU McNair Alumna
Ph.D. program, Human Development & Family Studies
Purdue University
West Lafayette, Indiana

“My experience in the McNair Achievement Program provided me with the tools I needed to successfully transition from completing my undergraduate studies, to beginning my doctoral program. Working with my McNair faculty advisor for my research project was a unique experience that I would not have gotten outside of McNair. I developed skills in project design, data collection, and manuscript writing that I will forever use in my research work. In addition, the McNair staff’s support and instruction really helped me find a balance in my coursework, research goals, and my personal life.”

“After I successfully completed my first year of my Ph.D. program, my graduate school advisor told me that, while reviewing my application to the program, the committee noticed that I am a McNair Scholar, and knew I have what it takes to succeed in a rigorous graduate program. The McNair Program is widely recognized for preparing students for success, and learning this made me even more proud to be part of the McNair family. “