Iowa State University McNair Program

New Program. New Changes. New Faces.

With federal budget cuts looming and the promise of a fierce McNair competition, the Iowa State University McNair program was among those that lost federal funding in the 2012 competition.  It was sad news!  We received an outpouring of support from our alums, faculty mentors, and staff who have worked with us over the years.  One of our alums wrote in an email “This program has been the best program I have participated in and the most important one for my future and education”.

Shortly after receiving the federal decision, we gathered all expressions of support and submitted a new proposal internally.  In June 2013 we received great news.  The Associate Provost and Dean of the Graduate College agreed to provide financial support to continue the McNair Program with university funding.  It was a historical decision!  Alums from around the country expressed their jubilation and kudos to Iowa State!  Now, officially called the Iowa State University McNair Program, we are continuing with new staff and with funding to serve twenty-two students each year.  We maintain Department of Education federal guidelines preparing first generation, low-income, and underrepresented students for entry to graduate school and the attainment of the PhD.  We have started a great first year!

Thelma L. Harding