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Ronald E. McNair A Legacy and an Inspiration


The Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program (McNair Program) is a graduate school preparation program for Boston College undergraduates who are both low-income and first-generation college participants and/or under-represented. Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, the McNair program prepares undergraduates from these underrepresented groups to pursue and attain doctoral degrees and to enter careers in research and academia.

The McNair Program is named in honor of the late Dr. Ronald E. McNair, one of seven crew members aboard the Space ShuttleChallenger. Despite social and economic barriers, Dr. McNair earned many outstanding achievements such as completing a Ph.D. in Physics from M.I.T. at the age of 26 and was the second African-American to fly to space. In addition, Dr. McNair received many distinguished awards, including the National Ford Foundation Fellowship and the Presidential Scholarship.

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