This program is designed to help students to form positive relationships with their peers, mentors, and faculty, and provides them with a safe space to voice their concerns and receive support. As Mr. Michael Hunt explains, “the McNair program does more than prepare students for graduate education in all disciplines through research, mentoring, and other scholarly activities—it also focuses heavily on community building with an emphasis on providing a space where students can cultivate productive interactions, and speak honestly and critically from their own experience with the goal of mutual learning.”
“That means a big part of the work is giving students tools they didn’t even know they yet need, says Michael Hunt ’06, M13, mathematics, director of the UMBC McNair Scholars Program and a current doctoral student in the Language, Literacy & Culture program at UMBC…so you get them to sort of recognize what they are able to do and help them take that to the next level. And that’s what it is for us. It’s okay; I’m going to show you how to play the game.”
UMBC’s Jasmine Lee elevates diversity and inclusion work as director of new Initiatives for Identity, Inclusion, and Belonging
“Jasmine A. Lee, director of inclusive excellence in UMBC’s Division of Student Affairs, is now also leading UMBC’s Initiatives for Identity, Inclusion and Belonging (i3B)…as the featured speaker at UMBC’s recent Hill-Robinson McNair Lecture, she also shared the impact of her experience with the McNair Scholars Program. The national program, which has supported 392 students at UMBC since 1992, prepares talented college students who are first-generation, low-income, or from underrepresented minority groups, for doctoral study.”
“It’s a place I can feel heard and understood, where all scholars are supporting each other’s work towards the same goal. My McNair family is the backbone in all of my other endeavors.” Diane Stonestreet ’22 REM 28
Enjoy the Process:” Charles Mason III ’14 on art, grad school, and his new “Two Lane Stories” exhibition
“Creating a diamond takes a lot of pressure, and that pressure that you get from undergraduate or graduate school…is important to your development and you should have fun doing it. Take that time. Enjoy the process.” – Charles Mason III ’14
“It’s not easy being a first generation, non-traditional student, but I think that every student at UMBC faces their own unique challenges. Gratitude and humility will help you take inventory of what you have and what you need, and carry you through each new obstacle.” – Emma Matthews, McNair Alumna
This article highlights a former Assistant Director of the McNair Scholars Program who is now the current Director of Undergraduate Research and Prestigious Scholarships. Throughout this article there are Q&As about her experiences as a UMBC Alum and working for UMBC.
“Kelsey Donnellan ’15, B.A., Interdisciplinary Studies (Community Health and Nutrition), is a McNair Scholar who has received two BreakingGround grants to launch and extend community initiatives with impact.”
This article highlights various love stories that have begun at UMBC. Highlighted is a UMBC alumna, Leah Concannon Mayer ’02, psychology, who is now the director of Siena Heighs University McNair Scholars Program.