FIU’s McNair program has served more than 300 undergraduates who have gone on to graduate school at universities across the United States. Since 2013, FIU has been hosting a national McNair Scholars Research Conference, which this year welcomed more than 200 registered participants from 45 different institutions of higher learning.
“Through the national conferences that the FIU McNair Program has funded, I have been able to meet world-class faculty who are making significant strides in nuclear research. I have also been granted the opportunity to travel and meet with graduate schools nationwide with the McNair Program, which has significantly increased my exposure to current graduate students and my graduate school options.”
I received this internship by applying to the FIU McNair program in fall of 2017. This program aims to help underrepresented minorities and first generation students go to graduate school and do research. When I was accepted into the program, I was notified of an opening in the MSU Summer research opportunities program, where I was later accepted.
Throughout the summer, McNair Fellows and their faculty mentors have worked tirelessly to complete their research projects. Our Fellows have completed an intense 10 week research project, written reports and submitted them. On August 31st, the FIU McNair Program hosted a dinner Read More
The FIU McNair Program had the opportunity to kick off the First National First Generation Day Celebration at The New York Times‘s Tuesday Round Table on November 7, 2017. Based on an article from The New York Times titled “Where to Turn to When You’re First in the Family to Go to College”, we focused our discussion on the First Generation Student Experience at Florida International University.
FIU McNair fellows arrived at the nation’s capital with wide-eyes and relentless grit to advocate for TRIO Programs, which include the Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program. McNair fellows also visited the National Science Foundation to learn more about graduate and post-doctoral fellowships and George Washington University.
FIU McNair Scholars Fellow, Brian Garcia Rodriguez placed in the 100th percentile of the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) with a score of 524. Brian scored higher than 99.9 percent of people who took the MCAT across the country. Congratulations Brian!
McNair Fellow, Kelly Rojas, worked with Dr. Jacob McPherson this summer to learn about the relationship between pain and motor control in stroke victims. Kelly has dreams of going to graduate school and, one day, opening a therapy center that will help people with a variety of disabilities.
Few would challenge that Claire Scott-Bacon ’16 is an inspiration. Balancing immigration, marriage, divorce and raising two boys, Scott-Bacon enrolled in college at 48. She defeated all odds and is on her way to becoming Dr. Scott-Bacon.