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Ronald Ervin McNair, Ph.D. was a physicist and NASA astronaut. McNair died during the launch of the Space Shuttle Challenger on mission STS-51-L. Read more about him here: Biographical Data

The McNair Scholars Program prepares participants for doctoral studies through involvement in research and other scholarly activities. Participants are from low-income/first-generation backgrounds, or underrepresented groups  and have demonstrated strong academic potential.  Each year, McNair Scholars participate in academic year and summer activities including research and professional seminars. The goal is to increase the attainment of Ph.D. degrees by students from underrepresented segments of society.

The McNair Scholars Program is fully funded by a  five-year grant from the U.S. Department of Education.  Indiana University contributes cost share funds over the same five-year period.


The McNair Scholars Program is located in Kirkwood Hall Room 301


BLOCK IUKirkwood Hall 301 | Phone (812) 855-4005 | Fax (812) 855-8741

Mail to: Kirkwood Hall 111 | 130 S Woodlawn Ave | Bloomington, IN 47405

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