The Ronald E. McNair program prepares students for doctoral studies through involvement in research and other scholarly activities. To be eligible, participants must be low-income, first-generation college student and/or must come from under-represented disadvantaged backgrounds and have demonstrated strong academic potential. Program staff works closely with participants as they complete their undergraduate requirements. Students are paired with a faculty mentor who guides them through the entire research experience. Additionally, the office assists students with the graduate school application process and GRE preparation. Students are encouraged to enroll in graduate programs (PHD) and their progress is tracked through to the successful completion of their advanced degrees. The goal of the program is to increase the attainment of Ph.D. degrees by students from underrepresented segments of society. FIU’s McNair program is unique in that it primarily selects students from the Sciences, Technology, Engineering and/or Mathematics departments.