Since 1992, Truman McNair Alumni have made significant achievements:
- 15% of Truman McNair Alumni have earned doctoral degrees compared to 5% of the general US population with bachelor’s degrees
- 58% of Truman McNair Alumni have earned graduate and professional degrees compared to 31% of the general US population with bachelor’s degrees*
- 16% of Truman McNair Alumni are currently enrolled in graduate, professional, and doctoral degree programs.
Truman McNair Alumni hold degrees from many domestic and international universities including Duke University, Howard University, Indiana University-Bloomington, Pennsylvania State University, St. Louis University, Texas A&M University, University of Chicago, University of Iowa, University of Michigan, University of Minnesota, University of Missouri-Columbia, University of Illinois-Chicago, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Washington University in St. Louis.
*United States Census Bureau. (2016). Education Attainment in the United States: 2016 [Data file]. Retrieved from https://www.census.gov/data/tables/2016/demo/education-attainment/cps-detailed-tables.html
The McNair program at Truman has improved my experience at college significantly. Before I joined the program I struggled to feel like I had a place on campus where I fully belonged, but McNair changed that for me. The services they provide, as well as the the sense of the community, is truly invaluable.
I was originally very hesitant about applying to McNair, but ended up applying because of the encouragement that came from members of McNair. After my acceptance, I began meeting with the other members of my cohort. We all had busy lives outside of McNair, but still dedicated ourselves to the program because we knew the program could help us in a way nothing else could. We were all in the same boat, and will be as we continue to form bonds and challenge ourselves moving forward.
The McNair Program has elevated my college experience in various ways. I really appreciate the consistent advising and mentoring coupled with the outstanding academic resources and professional development. Every day that I spend with McNair is a day where I grow.
The McNair program was a key aspect of my success in understanding, applying to, and choosing a graduate program. Between the camaraderie of my cohort, the guidance of my mentors, and support of the program administrators, I felt motivated and fully prepared to apply to and choose a graduate school. The McNair program at Truman is rigorous and requires devotion, but I am grateful for the time and dedication all of those in the program invested in me and my future success. After graduating in December of 2016, I received offers for fully funded positions in biology graduate programs at all eight institutions to which I applied.
I’m grateful to the Truman McNair program not only for preparing me for graduate-level research but also for the sense of community and cooperation that it encourages. I’ve been able to implement some of the techniques I learned through the McNair program in my professional life, such as presentational skills and networking.
I believe that identity is history, and I will always be grateful to the McNair program for giving me permission, by recognizing my experiences and struggle and rigor, to think of that history as valuable. As worth pursuing, as worth writing and reclaiming. As a Samoan, first-generation college student, I honestly had no idea about how to apply to graduate school, let alone how to fund my research interests. McNair’s focus on community and scholarship helped me realize those goals.
Being a first-generation student, I knew I wanted to go to graduate school, but did not know how. This program helped me get through the graduate school application process while also giving me the opportunity to do graduate-level research and build a community of friends and mentors.
Being a first generation student, the McNair program helped open doors for me I didn’t even know were there. The McNair Scholar program socialized and prepared me for a career in higher education. Through mentorship, research, seminars, and workshops I learned early what it meant to be a ‘scholar’. Getting these early exposures gave me an advantage over many of my peers.
The McNair program has been a cornerstone of my Truman experience, introducing me to faculty and staff both in and beyond my discipline that support me. For first-generation students, the issue often isn’t jumping through the hoops, but rather knowing which hoops to jump through and how many hoops there are to begin with. McNair helps identify the hoops and reminds you that, even when they seem impossibly high, you can get through them.
When I joined the Truman McNair program, I knew I wanted to go to grad school, but didn’t know where to start. McNair paved the way and provided resources for every step of the process. The McNair program supported me in so many ways, and thanks to their help I am going to the grad school of my dreams with full funding.
The McNair program has provided me with opportunities I otherwise would not have been able to seek. As a first generation student, I was unaware of so much of what goes on in the formal research setting and about the graduate school application process. The guidance, mentorship, and critical/constructive feedback on my research/grad school endeavors have all consistently shown me the importance of this program in my life.
McNair provided me with the resources needed to complete my PhD in six years. My work currently engages the next generation of undergraduate and graduate students in asking questions that inform issues related to crime and justice. I am proud to share lessons I have learned to encourage them.
McNair was a transformational experience that prepared me to apply and be successful in a PhD program. Without McNair I would not have had the opportunity to conduct an independent research project or be mentored individually. These experiences solidified my interest in pursing a PhD and a career in research.