The McNair Scholars Journal is the culmination of intensive research and scholarship conducted by GVSU McNair scholars and their faculty mentors at Grand Valley State University through our Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program (1996-2017).

The Ronald E. McNair Post Baccalaureate Achievement Program is a national program funded through the Department of Education. It is designed to prepare highly talented undergraduates from first generation, low income backgrounds, and students who are underrepresented in doctoral programs (African-American, Hispanic, Native America, and Native Alaskan) to pursue doctoral degrees. Long term, the goal of the program is to increase the number of individuals from the target groups teaching in colleges and universities.

The Ronald E. McNair Program is not currently being offered at Grand Valley State University. GVSU plans to pursue funding in the next grant cycle. The Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarship (OURS) has created the REACH Scholars Program which is geared towards a similar population to the McNair Scholars Program. The REACH Scholars Program aims to prepare undergraduate students to pursue graduate studies and earn PhDs in any discipline. REACH Scholars are students whose parents have no four-year college degree (first generation) and come from lower income backgrounds. More information about the REACH Scholars Program and be found at www.gvsu.edu/ours.

Current Issue: Volume 21, Issue 1 (2017)


A Message from the McNair Scholars Program
Robert P. Smart, Susan Mendoza, and Dolli Lutes