Since 1992, Truman McNair Alumni have made incredible achievements:
- 15% of Truman McNair Alumni have earned doctoral degrees compared to 5% of the general US population with bachelor’s degrees
- 75% of Truman McNair Alumni have earned graduate and professional degrees compared to 31% of the general US population with bachelor’s degrees*
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.