09/25/2012 09:14 AM
BATON ROUGE – The U.S. Department of Education has awarded LSU a $1.35 million, five-year
grant through the Ronald E. McNair Research Scholars Program, a program that promotes
doctoral studies for first-generation college students, students who are from a background
of financial need, and students from ethnic groups underrepresented in graduate education.
Joseph R. Givens, director of LSU University College’s Ronald E. McNair Research Scholars
Program and principle investigator for the grant, noted, “Because of the overwhelming
support of the faculty and staff at LSU, McNair Research Scholars will continue to
grow into what I hope will be a model for postbaccalaureate preparation programs across
the country. Our new, five-year grant is more ambitious with a greater focus on Ph.D.
completion and initiatives to recruit and to serve more LSU students from science,
technology, engineering and mathematics fields.”
The grant was awarded to LSU University College, which administers the Ronald E. McNair
Research Scholars Program. The funds will provide an additional five years of offering
the McNair Research Scholars Program, which has been providing support to LSU students
for more than 20 years.
“University College and LSU are truly fortunate to have received this five-year grant
to continue the 20 year history of the McNair Research Scholars Program on this campus,”
said Paul Ivey, executive director of LSU University College. “This renewal by the
U.S. Department of Education is a testimony to the success of this program at LSU
over the years. Joseph Givens and the McNair Research Scholars staff will continue
their dedicated efforts to prepare our first-generation and underrepresented students
for eventual doctoral studies.”
LSU University College’s Ronald E. McNair Research Scholars will utilize the funds
to provide undergraduate research opportunities, graduate school preparation activities,
writing activities, academic counseling and professional development workshops in
order to aid baccalaureate attainment and boost graduate school success for the targeted
“I see McNair Research Scholars as essential to the LSU 2020 Flagship Agenda of ‘transforming lives,’ Givens said. “I am fortunate to work with a program with a 20-year history of success at LSU. I not only get to see the impact on LSU students day-to-day, but I also have the opportunity to witness the lasting impact through our alumni who are now professors, scientists and community leaders.”
McNair Research Scholars is funded through the Department of Education TRIO Programs,
which are grants made available to colleges and other nonprofits for the purpose of
increasing postsecondary educational opportunities. LSU has three TRIO Programs –
McNair, Upward Bound and Student Support Services – whose combined efforts bring more
than $850,000 of annual federal funding for the purpose of supporting postsecondary
education opportunities at LSU and in the Baton Rouge community.
Since 1933, LSU University College has served as the portal of entry for students enrolled at LSU. Academic and personal success is the hallmark of a well-rounded student, and University College provides a foundation of support services for students beginning their academic careers at LSU. University College has two enrollment divisions: The Center for Freshman Year and The Center for Advising and Counseling. Additionally, University College offers retention-specific programs: Student Support Serves, Ronald E. McNair Research Scholars, and Summer Scholars. These academic support programs focus on particular student populations and are a significant part of the role and mission of University College.
To reach Givens for in-depth interviews or for more information on the McNair Research Scholars Program, please direct all communications through Jacquelyn Schulz Craddock at firstname.lastname@example.org or Ernie Ballard at email@example.com or 225-578-5685.
Posted on Tuesday, September 25, 2012