Several students are graduating this year from UConn’s McNair program for low-income, first-generation college students who hope to pursue a Ph.D. in a STEM field.

UConn’s program is one of only 151 McNair programs in the country, named for the astronaut who perished in the Challenger space shuttle accident.

McNair Scholars are paired with faculty mentors for academic enrichment, research, and internships. Students also participate in workshops, seminars, and conferences designed to help them secure admission to doctoral programs and obtain financial resources for graduate study.

Participants are followed closely for 10 years after they finish their undergraduate degree, to make sure they remain on track to earn their Ph.D. degrees and receive the support they need to succeed.