The Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program was established in 1989 and is a Federal TRIO Program funded at select institutions across the United States and Puerto Rico by the U.S. Department of Education.  The McNair Program is designed to prepare eligible undergraduate students to achieve success in graduate programs leading to doctoral studies through involvement in research and other scholarly activities. In October 2003, Southern Oregon University received a grant from the U.S. Department of Education and became one of less than two hundred McNair Programs in the United States. 

The SOU McNair Program is specifically designed to ensure that student scholars complete their undergraduate degrees, enroll in a graduate program, and have the knowledge, skills, and background preparation that are required to successfully complete a research-intensive doctoral program leading to a research-intensive terminal degree (for example: a Ph.D., or an Ed.D., or a D.P.A., or a D.A. or a D.F.A, or a D.M., or a D.P.H. or a D.S.W., or a D.P.E., or a D.M.L, or a D.Des., or a D.Sc./Sc.D., or a D.N.Sc.).


 The SOU McNair Program is located in the lower level at 521 S. Mountain Street, Ashland, OR - (541) 552-8310


"Whether or not you reach your goals in life depends entirely on
how well you prepare for them and how badly you want them.

You're eagles! Stretch your wings and fly to the sky."
-  Dr. Ronald E. McNair

ATTENTIONIn accordance with SOU’s guidance regarding COVID-19 preventive measures, our office will operate remotely until further notice. Although our McNair Program office and the McNair Technology Center will be physically closed, we will continue to serve our student participants and the campus community remotely; via email, phone, and the McNair Moodle site.


The Southern Oregon University Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program is funded 100% by a $254,243 annual grant from the U.S. Department of Education.