“Before you can make a dream come true, you must first have one.”
Dr. Ronald E. McNair
Tatianna Starr Daniels, a senior sociology student represented her cohort of McNair Scholars when she won a second place prize at the 18th Annual McNair/SSS Research Conference this past weekend in Atlanta, Georgia. The theme of this year’s conference was “McNair: Preparing, Promoting, and Producing Research Scholars.”
The McNair Scholars program is a federally funded graduate preparation academy that provides support, guidance, and resources to underrepresented minorities and first generation college students who illustrate strong academic potential.
Each year highly motivated students of all majors compete for twelve coveted positions in the McNair cohort, as they design and complete their own research projects with the assistance of a faculty member from their department.
Ronald Ervin McNair was part of the team of astronauts that passed away during the 1986 explosion of the space shuttle Challenger. He was the second African-American astronaut in history, and in honor of his achievements the United States Congress and the United States Department of Education created this fully funded scholarly program. Ronald E. McNair serves as a role model for the scholars who strive to achieve a PhD and establish themselves in academic professionalism.
At the end of the year, each research paper is published in the McNair Scholars Journal and the scholars have the opportunity to present their research at conferences with other scholars throughout the country. This year’s set of scholars is presenting research at the Hilton Hotel in Atlanta, Georgia and Buffalo, New York in both oral and poster competitions. The McNair Scholars program is the opportunity of a lifetime for students with dreams of going to graduate school.
The program provides priceless opportunities for networking at graduate recruitment fairs, GRE test preparation, and step-by-step guidance about the graduate school application process. In addition to the amazing professional and academic development that the program offers, the McNair staff ensures the personal well-being and success of every student.
Personally, being apart of the McNair Scholars program has changed who am I am and who I aspire to be. It has opened countless doors of opportunity for me, and has allowed me to develop and grow at such an exponential rate. I am so very proud to be apart of this year’s cohort because they are a set of intellectual, innovative, and inspiring people. This program has fueled my desire and passion for academia and research, and has really humbled me as a person. The individuals of the McNair staff are the most encouraging people, and they have really helped me to prepare for my dreams of having a PhD. I recommend that if you have plans of graduate school, contact Carlotta Moore or Lova Harris in Riverfront Center 203.
About the author: Ariel Mosley is a senior psychology major, an ASI Marketing Assistant, and a McNair Scholar.