The mission of the McNair Scholars Program is to prepare first-generation and income-eligible participants and historically underrepresented students for doctoral-level study. The program is funded by a TRIO grant from the U.S. Department of Education. It provides undergraduate research opportunities, academic advisement, graduate school preparation workshops and other educational seminars to support McNair scholars. The overall goal of the McNair program is to provide students with the necessary skills and knowledge to pursue and complete a Ph.D. The ultimate mission of the project is for participants to serve as faculty to assist in diversifying the Academy.