2002–2003 McNair Scholars from St. Edward's University celebrate recent accomplishments
Named after Space Shuttle Challenger astronaut Ronald S. McNair, the national McNair Scholars program serves undergraduate students interested in pursuing doctoral degrees but who are in minority groups typically underrepresented in such programs. Many McNair Scholars are low-income students who are the first in their family to attend college. Accepted students receive guidance from a faculty mentor and participate in extraordinary research projects at universities across the country.
Selected McNair Scholars from St. Edward's University, Clark Atlanta University, Xavier University and St. Mary's University come together on the University of Notre Dame campus each summer to participate in research guided by accomplished Notre Dame professors. Students present their graduate-level work at an end-of-summer symposium and at the national McNair Scholars conference.
Founded by the Congregation of Holy Cross, St. Edward's University has been named one of America's Best Colleges for 2004 by U.S. News & World Report. St. Edward's is a private, Catholic, liberal arts university of approximately 4,450 students located in Austin, Texas.