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The Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Scholars Program

Program Curriculum


McNair Scholars enroll in specialized courses during their program participation. INTERDIS 490 provides an introduction to the culture of graduate education and prepares students for a summer research experience. In addition, the McNair Program facilitates a GRE preparation course that brings together writing and Math specialists to help scholars improve their test scores.


INTERDIS 490 (Semester I): McNair Preparation for Graduate School 

  • New Scholar Orientation
  • Introduction to Graduate Education
  • Professional Academic Identity Development
  • Overview of the Research Process
  • Introduction to the Craft of Research
  • Ethics of Research
  • Introduction to Experimental Design
  • Technical Writing


INTERDIS 490 (Semester II): McNair Preparation to Graduate School 

  • Personal Statement and CV Development
  • Public Speaking Skills
  • Graduate Application Process
  • Financing your graduate education
  • Investigating Graduate Programs
  • Introduction to Graduate School Culture
  • Surviving and Thriving in Graduate School
  • Manuscript Preparation

GRE Preparation Course

  • Introduction to the Graduate Record Exam (GRE)
  • Test-Taking Skills and Tactics
  • Recognizing, Analyzing, and Evaluating Relationships Between Words and Concepts
  • Reason Quantitatively and Solve Problems in a Quantitative Setting
  • Analyze Arguments with Well Composed Essays
  • Present a Perspective with Well Composed Essays


Dr. Majel Boxer

WSU McNair Alumna, named Emerging Scholar by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education Magazine. Read more.