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The Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Scholars Program



Preparing Undergraduates for Graduate School since 1999


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The McNair Scholars Program at Washington State University prepares undergraduates from underrepresented backgrounds for their future doctoral studies.


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


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

WSU McNair Alumna: Cristal Reyna Thompson, PhD

Dr. Cristal Reyna Thompson
PhD, Biological Sciences, University of Notre Dame
Post Doctoral Fellow, Boston University

“McNair helped me achieve confidence in myself and reach out for opportunities that have allowed me to pave my own road to success. As the first person in my family to attend and graduate from a four-year university and continue on to graduate school, I understand that I am creating a legacy for my younger family to follow. I encourage students who are interested in graduate school to take a calculated leap of faith and push yourself past even your own expectations.”



This grant has been 100% federally funded by the United States Department of Education to serve 27 scholars annually in the amount of $267,841 per year for a period of five years.

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