McNair Scholars at ECSU are advancing

Kesha Williams
January 11, 2010

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In 2009, ECSU received $252,045 in additional funds for Dr. Cheryl Lewis, principle investigator/director for the TRIO programs, and staff to continue the Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program at ECSU.

It's the 15th year the program has been offered at ECSU. This program prepares participants for doctoral programs through involvement in research and other scholarly activities. A major goal is to increase the number of students choosing science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) majors and the number of students earning doctorate degrees. Of particular interest, are first generation college students.

"We, ECSU faculty and staff, provided the research opportunities, and support services to nurture their personal and professional growth," Lewis said. "We brought motivational speakers to the awards ceremony that students could identify with. The students benefit from their expertise. Students also traveled to professional conferences, graduate schools, scientific labs, and historical landmarks. We also exposed them to the performing arts."

McNair Scholars, as these students are referred to, are progressing:

193 McNair Scholars graduated ECSU
133 have been accepted into graduate school
 70 earned a master's degree
Three earned a doctorate degree
One earned a law degree.
One earned a medical degree.

"Over the 15 years, we've had some very bright and talented students," Lewis said. "All they need is the desire to go (to graduate school) and we will provide the mechanism to get them there."

For more information on the TRIO programs, see http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ope/trio/index.html