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McNair Program at New Mexico State University receives funding

The McNair Program at New Mexico State University received $1,044,264 in funding from the U.S. Department of Education to continue to work with 26 first-generation, low-income or minority students each year for another four years.


n new students are chosen each year to participate in the two-year program, which is designed to assist students in preparing for and pursuing doctoral degrees. The program offers faculty mentors, summer research opportunities and preparation for graduate school. It also gives students the opportunity to research, visit and apply to graduate programs across the country and helps them apply for fellowships and assistantships.

"It is an intensive program and we provide experiences to enable students to be highly successful in graduate school," said Susan C. Brown, program director.

The McNair Program has been in operation at New Mexico State for 11 years. It is one of seven federally funded Trio programs, which help low-income and first-generation students attend and graduate from college. New Mexico State has three Trio programs - the McNair Program, Upward Bound and Student Support Services.

Upward Bound helps middle and high school students prepare for college through instruction on various subjects on college campuses after school, Saturdays and during the summer. Student Support Services helps students stay in college until they earn their degrees by offering free tutoring, mentoring, financial assistance and cultural activities.

For more information about the McNair Program, contact Brown at (505) 646-3137.