McNAIR SCHOLARS PROGRAM
The McNair Scholars Program, a TRiO program, was established in 1986 in memory of astronaut-physicist and Challenger crew member Dr. Ronald E. McNair. After his death, members of Congress provided funding for the Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program, which is dedicated to the high standard of achievement that Dr. McNair represented. The overall goal of this TRiO program is to increase the numbers of underrepresented groups in graduate education by providing enriching experiences, support, and guidance to program participants.
Whether or not you reach your goals in life depends entirely on how well you prepare for them and how badly you want them. You're eagles! Stretch your wings and fly to the sky."
- Ronald E. McNair, PhD
Who knew preparing to become a PhD could be so much fun?!
This program can change your life...so you can change the world!
- Sophomore or Junior OLLU Student
GPA of 3.0 or higher
First generation college student who meets income criteria
set by the U.S. Education Department OR Member of a group that is
traditionally underrepresnted in graduate education as definted by the
U.S. Education Department (Hispanic, African American, Native American,
Alaskan Native, Native Hawaiian, Native American Pacific Islander)
Special Note: Individuals whose sole interest is obtaining a
professional doctorate such as the Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine
(DVM), Juris Doctorate (JD), or Medical Doctorate (MD) are not eligible
for the program, unless interested in the possibility of a dual degree
(JD/PhD, MD/PhD, etc.). Individuals with such interests are encouraged
Phone: (210) 434-6711(210) 434-6711 Ext. 2590
Fax : (210) 431-3946
Meet the TRiO - McNair Program Staff
McNair Project Specialist - Cristal Lopez, M.A.
Cristal Lopez is the Project Specialist for the Ronald E. McNair Post Baccalaureate Achievement Program in undergraduate research. Most recently, Cristal completed her M.A. in Spanish with an emphasis in Prose from Saint Louis University-Madrid Campus. She is also a former McNair Scholar from St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas. Cristal has advising experience from St. Philip’s College, of the Alamo Community Colleges campuses, where she worked in the Student Success Division. Cristal’s research interests include college readiness, particularly focusing upon the academic gaps that exist between high school and higher education. Additionally, she is interested in the under-examined complexities surrounding inequities in the workplace.
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