Undergraduate Research Success with a Three-Mentor Model: A Case Study of a McNair Scholars Program

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Amanda "Amy" Harris Houk, Assistant Dean for Teaching and Learning (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/

Abstract: The McNair Scholars Program is one of eight TRIO Programs funded by the US Department ofEducation.1 TRIO Programs were established in 1965 as a part of President Lyndon Johnson’sWar on Poverty. President Johnson argued throughout his presidency that education was a meansto increasing social mobility for low-income families.2 There were originally three programscreated under his administration, generating the “TRIO” title.The McNair Scholars Program, named in honor of Dr. Ronald E. McNair, a physicist andastronaut who was killed in the Challenger explosion, was established in 1986, shortly after hisdeath. This federal TRIO program is intended to prepare low-income, first-generation collegestudents or students from underrepresented minority groups with high academic potential forgraduate studies. To participate in the McNair Scholars program, students must be either bothfirst-generation and low-income students or they can be from an underrepresented minoritygroup. When UNC Greensboro (UNCG) applied for and received the grant in 2017, there was agrowing need to support students from these various backgrounds. In the fall of 2019, 31 percentof all undergraduate students at UNCG identified as first-generation.3 In fall of 2018, 7,9204 of16,6415 undergraduate students (47 percent) met the US Department of Education’s definition oflow-income, and 43 percent of students identified as being from an underrepresented minoritygroup6 (African American, American Indian/Alaskan Native, Hispanic/Latino, or PacificIslander).

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Undergraduate Research & the Academic Librarian: Case Studies and Best Practices, Volume 2
Language: English
Date: 2023
undergraduate research, student success, academic librarianship, McNair Scholars , McNair Scholars program, case study

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