Graduate & Continuing Studies

McNair Research Scholars

The Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program was established in memory of astronaut-physicist and Challenger crew member Ronald E. McNair. The Program is administered through Delta State University’s Office of Graduate Studies & Continuing Studies. McNair is one of eight TRiO programs funded by the U.S. Department of Education.

The goal is to increase the attainment of Ph.D degrees by students from underrepresented segments of society.

The McNair Research Scholars will be provided the following activities and services:

  • Opportunities for research and scholarly activties
  • Summer research internships
  • Tutoring
  • Seminars and workshops to prepare participants for doctoral study
  • Intrusive academic advising and counseling
  • Assistance in preparing for and applying to graduate and doctoral programs, and securing financial assistance
  • Career counseling and exploration
  • Financial literacy and planning
  • Increased access and exposure to STEM coursework and careers

Applications for the McNair Research Scholars program are due on January 24, 2018 at 4:30 p.m.  The application can be found at Program Application. 

McNair Research Scholars intends to enroll 25 participants anually.

Applicants must meet the following selection criteria:

  • Be eligible for federal student financial aid
  • Indicate intention to purse a post baccalaureate degree
  • Have at least 60 credit hours
  • Have at least a 3.00 GPA
  • Meet the eligibility criteria of low income and first generation students, or are a member of an underrepresented group in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) graduate education.
  • Is currently enrolled at Delta State University or a transfer student enrolling at Delta State University the following semester.

Preference given to students in the following STEM disciplines at Delta State University.

  • Aviation
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Information Systems
  • Digital Media
  • Entertainment Industry Studies – Sound Engineering
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Family & Consumer Sciences
  • Geospatial Information Technology
  • Heath, Physical Education, and Recreation
  • Logistics
  • Mathematics
  • Nursing
  • Psychology
  • Speech & Hearing Sciences
  • STEM Education
  • Social Sciences


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Faculty Mentors

Applications for Cohort 1 of the McNair Research Scholars program are now open!

The application is due on January 24, 2018 at 4:30 pm. The application can be found at Program Application

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Wendolyn Stevens at or 662.846.4876.

McNair Research Scholars Faculty Mentors

Mentors work with the Scholars in exploring and identifying their research interests. The Mentors provide guidance, assistance, and oversight to the Scholar during the academic year.

The Mentors will be selected based on our Scholar pool. Mentors will be selected in January 2018.


Wendolyn S. Stevens

Wendolyn S. Stevens

Project Director, McNair Research Scholars

1003 West Sunflower Rd.
Kent Wyatt Hall, Suite 239
Cleveland, MS 38733

P: 662.846.4876
F: 662.846.4313

Applications for the McNair Research Scholars program are due on January 24, 2018 at 4:30 p.m.  The application can be found at Program Application.