Office of Graduate Placement and University Summer Programs

Xavier University of Louisiana Ronald E. McNair Program

Xavier's Ronald E. McNair Post-baccalaureate Achievement Program is designed specifically to help students who wish to pursue a Ph.D. McNair scholars participate in semi-monthly seminars featuring guest speakers and topics of importance for prospective Ph.D. students. Select McNair students travel during the year and conduct research internships in the summer.

What is a McNair Scholar?

Xavier University's Ronald McNair Post-baccalaureate Achievement Program is designed to increase the numbers of first-generation, low-income and underrepresented students completing doctoral programs.

Xavier McNair Scholars Will:

  • Receive extensive graduate school preparation
  • Be equipped to successfully enter and complete doctoral programs
  • Participate in a seminar series offered each semester
  • Attend professional meetings, research symposia, and graduate school visitations Network with alumni who have completed Ph.D. programs.
  • Enroll in courses/seminars designed to strengthen miring, test taking and technological skills
  • Meet with program administrators 2-3 times each semester for individual advising & counseling
  • Have the opportunity to work in mentoring relationships with a faculty member
  • Successfully complete research projects as demonstrated by publications of a paper and/or presentation of their research project results
  • Attend Grad Fair


  • Completed the sophomore year
  • Minimum of a 3.0 cumulative grade point average
  • Good standing with the University
  • Low-income/first generation or underrepresented eligibility
  • An expressed desire to pursue graduate study through the Ph.D. level

 Application Checklist:

  • A copy of the tax information
  • A statement outlining your goals, personal ambitions, future plans, and describing as precisely as possible you academic and research interests and needs.
  • Faculty recommendation letter

Selection Process:

To apply, please bring your complete application to the Graduate Placement Office in St. Joseph, Room 304.

 Application Deadline:


If you have any further questions or concerns, please direct them to the Office of Graduate Placement. 504-520-7633