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McNair Scholars Program

The McNair Scholars Program is designed to prepare qualified UT Arlington undergraduates for graduate study culminating in the Ph.D. The program thus provides many benefits to assist scholars to become more competitive in the graduate school application process, leading to their admission to top-ranked programs and facilitating a smooth integration into graduate-level work.

In creating the Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program, the U.S. Congress paid tribute to Dr. Ronald McNair, an astronaut and scientist who perished aboard the space shuttle Challenger in 1986. The goal of the McNair program is to assist promising students from low-income/first-generation or under-represented backgrounds to enter the professoriate. It was founded on the premise that neither socio-economic nor minority status should prevent talented students from pursuing a career in teaching and research at the college or university level.

Please visit us in Ransom 101 or review the program qualifications and benefits on the About Us page before applying.

Summer Research Internship

A major component of the McNair program is the Summer Research Internship, which takes place during the summer (late May through early August) between the junior and senior year. Scholars, who receive a stipend of $3,000, are required to participate in this aspect of the program, as it is crucial to developing their knowledge and research skills in preparation for graduate study.

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Current Scholars

New Scholars

Donald Adams

  • Electrical Engineering

Henry Alvarez

  • Math

Julian Beatty

  • Physics

Enriqueta Calderon

  • Psychology

Silvia Chapa

  • Computer Science Engineering

Ryne Dingler

  • Physics

Dominic French

  • Biology/Chemistry

Paola Iracheta

  • Aerospace Engineering

Regan Kubicek

  • Mechanical Engineering

Octavio Miranda

  • Chemistry

Mariah Ochoa

  • Math

Susana Pimentel

  • Microbiology

Jason-Francis Tasie

  • Chemistry

Continuing Scholars



Efret Ghirmazion

  • Nursing

Rashad Harrison

  • Sociology

Jose Medina

  • Aerospace Engineering

Daniel Pichardo

  • History

Elida Sorto-Ramos

  • Aerospace Engineering

Andrew Soto-Levins

  • Mathematics

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    McNair Scholars Program

  • Contact Us

    Location: Ransom Hall 101


    Phone: 817-272-3715

    Fax: 817-272-5370

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  • Mailing Address:

    The University of Texas at Arlington

    Division of Student Success

    McNair Scholars Program

    Box #19550

    Arlington, TX 76019

Our Mission:

The McNair Scholars Program at the University of Texas at Arlington fosters success among academically talented but disadvantaged undergraduates enabling them to continue their education beyond the baccalaureate. The McNair program provides guidance, mentoring, academic support, and research and other scholarly activities, thereby preparing Scholars for a successful transition to graduate study culminating in the PhD and a career in the professoriate.


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