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McNair Scholars Program

The Baylor McNair Scholars Program aims to prepare low-income, first generation and other underrepresented students in acquiring the knowledge, skills and capacities necessary to successfully navigate a path to a Ph.D. program following graduation from Baylor. The program prepares students for the rigors of Ph.D. studies through immersion in research and a variety of scholarly activities.


The Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program (McNair Scholars Program) provides opportunities for first generation and/or underrepresented undergraduate students to gain the knowledge and skills required to navigate a path to a PhD program following graduation. Baylor McNair Scholars gain experience through research and a variety of other scholarly activities while also being paired with Faculty mentors who help guide their research efforts.

Eligible students can apply to be a McNair Scholar as early as their Sophomore year.

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Meet the Scholars

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Mahlet Adugna
Major: Biology
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Bessie Kebaara

Bella Mahler
Major: Anthropology
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Bracy Hill (2018), Dr. Davide Zori (2019-2020)

Danielle Sanchez
Major: History
Faculty Mentor: Dr. David Clairmont-University of Notre Dame (2019), Dr. Samuel Perry- Baylor University (2020)

May 7, 2021
2020 Baylor grad’s life challenges fueling her passion (& studies) to help others
Treasure Ramirez’s Baylor mentor, Dr. Emily Smith, says her name is fitting: “She definitely is a Treasure to those who know her, and a gift to the world around her.” Today, Ramirez (BBA ’20) is a Baylor Ph.D. student, one year removed from earning a degree in economics and excelling as a member of Baylor’s first …
Dec. 17, 2020
McNair Program Adapts for Successful 2020 Research Conference
The annual Baylor McNair Research Conference draws students from more than 50 different universities nationwide and is one of the ways the program provides students with an opportunity to put their hard work on display while simultaneously gaining invaluable experience.
Nov. 4, 2020
Baylor Joins Universities Across the Country Nov. 6 to Celebrate First-Generation College Students
WACO, Texas (Nov. 4, 2020) — Baylor University will join colleges and universities across the country to celebrate first-generation students, faculty and staff as part of the national First-Generation College Celebration Day.
May 4, 2020
Baylor McNair Scholars Program’s Graduating Cohort Prepares for Impressive Graduate Program Plans
WACO, Texas (May 4, 2020) – The Baylor University Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program, known nationally as the McNair Scholars Program, is wrapping up an impressive 2019-2020 academic year with an inaugural national McNair Research Conference held in September and Baylor’s largest graduating cohort of McNair Scholars.