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NMSU summer program prepares students for doctoral degrees

The Ronald E. McNair Summer Research Program at New Mexico State University is an eight-week long summer internship that focuses on preparing students for entrance to graduate school.


Thirteen students participated in this summer's program designed to prepare low-income, first-generation college students and/or students from groups that are underrepresented in higher education to pursue doctoral degrees and become professors.

"The students developed a relationship with a faculty mentor, completed a research project in which the mentor supervised their work and they presented their research findings at national conferences. They also received assistance in applying to graduate schools and completed a graduate record examination (GRE) course," said Terry Cook, program director.

Some of the research topics studied this summer include "Strategies for Learning Proper Names: Group versus Individual Recall," "Patterns of Potential Undocumented Migrants from Zacatecas, Mexico," and "Up-regulation and Cortisol Reactivity in Seven and Eight-Month-Old Infants."

The summer program is part of the Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program and has been held since 1992. Thirteen NMSU McNair Scholars have received doctoral degrees.