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 you can change the world! 


Eligibility Requirements:  
  • Sophomore or junior at Our Lady of the Lake University
  • GPA of 3.0 or above
  • First-generation college student who meets income criteria set by the U.S. Department of Education or a member of a group that is traditionally underrepresented in graduate education, as defined by the U.S. Education Department

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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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OLLU chemistry graduate works on NASA moon rocketThe first test flight of NASA’s new moon rocket in late October generated international media coverage. Behind the scenes of the launch was a graduate of Our Lady of the Lake University chemistry department, a woman who helped design and assemble the rocket motor.

Yvonne Villegas-Aguilera (‘02) is a solid propulsion systems engineer who monitored the temperature and performance of the rocket motor from Mission Control.
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