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
I started off in Pre-McNair during my first year of college, not really knowing what I was getting myself into, but wanting to improve academically. Through McNair, I’ve realized there are opportunities and supports for students whose parents didn’t go to college or who were raised in low-income households. McNair staff has made it very clear that you are in control of your future and can achieve anything if YOU do the work. Overall, my McNair experience has been uplifting. I say this because the staff not only encourages you to be your best self and do what you love (research), but also makes sure that you are able to get the same opportunities as the richest men on earth.
McNair has helped me understand how to navigate undergraduate tasks and has prepared me for graduate ones I’ll face in the future. As a first generation college student, information like this is vital, as I don’t have another source to get it from. An added bonus of McNair is having a supportive cohort that is going through the same things you are.
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 opportunities, connections, and friendships I received at Truman are largely because of McNair. Amanda, Dr. Cianciola, Stephanie, and Meghan were all huge contributors to and supporters of my future success. In the short time I was a part of the program I was challenged to question my “why,” reach my full potential, and understand that this is all bigger than myself. It goes without saying that McNair was fundamental in influencing my interest in a career in higher education.
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.
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.
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.
McNair was truly a blessing to me. I gained an unconditional support system and experience developing, conducting and presenting my own research.
Being in McNair has been a true honor. They have assuaged the stress of graduate school with their guidance and constant support. McNair has pushed me every step of the way to achieve my goals. Their guidance and persistence has not only led to the completion of my research project, but to my confidence of conducting research in general. The foundation that they have provided will be with me for years to come! I am proud to say that because of their help I am more than prepared for graduate school!
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.
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.
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.