McNair Scholars promote program, visit Pryor

Scholars and staff from the Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program along with other officials from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) visited with Senator Mark Pryor (D) in his Little Rock office.

Participants included Patricia Dorsey, scholar; Jessie Walker, McNair alumni and computer science department chair; Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Mary Benjamin; Michael Thomas, scholar; Mary Lackey, McNair program specialist; Delois Moss, scholar; Fredda Carroll, interim dean, School of Education; U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor; Dana J. Smith, McNair program counselor/coordinator; Takeesha Hawkins, scholar; Deaundra Rhodes, McNair program director; John Kuykendall, legislative liaison; and Brennon Luster, 2012 McNair alumni and neurobiology graduate student at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.

Since 2005, the Ronald McNair Scholars Program at UAPB has graduated 51 scholars. Of those, 31 directly entered graduate school, 25 remained in school for their second year, 20 graduated with a master’s degree and four received a doctoral degree.

There are currently 33 students enrolled in master’s degree programs and 11 enrolled in doctoral programs. Other accomplishments of McNair scholars include: winning 1st place in the UAPB Faculty/Staff Research Forum in Psychology (2012); winning 1st place in the UAPB Faculty/Staff Research Forum in Science and Technology (2011); attended and presented research at conferences at Henderson State University, Oklahoma State University and Baton Rouge, La.; and attended a summer research institute and graduate school visit at Texas A&M and University of Alabama.

The program also began Graduate School Information Day at UAPB which offered a free GRE Practice Test, graduate school fair, a panel of graduate students and professionals to answer questions, and workshops on graduate school process and graduate school application process.

The Ronald E. McNair Program encourages minorities, women and other underrepresented groups to pursue graduate school opportunities, in particular doctoral studies. It is one of the seven federally funded TRIO programs, which provides direct services to low income and/or first-generation college students. These programs are designed to help students overcome class, social and cultural barriers to higher education.

Details: Call 575-7269.