The purpose of the McNair Program is to increase the attainment of Ph.D. degrees by students from underrepresented segments of American society.
These include income-eligible, first-generation college students (of all backgrounds) as well as underrepresented minority students, including Alaskan Native, American Indian, Black (non-Hispanic), Hispanic, Native Hawaiian, or Native Pacific Islander students. The majority of students (2/3rds) will be drawn from the pool of income eligible, first generation college students. By serving these populations we hope to add to increase access to higher education to groups who otherwise may not have such opportunities. Moreover, this program will help diversity higher education and better reflect America and its peoples.
The mission of Truman’s program is to:
The Program will achieve its mission by providing opportunities for high quality research and other scholarly activities, academic counseling, mentoring, tutoring, seminars and other educational activities designed to prepare students for doctoral study, and assistance with graduate school admission and funding opportunities.