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 grant from the U.S. Department of Education. It provides undergraduate research opportunities, academic advisement, GRE preparation, educational seminars and general support to all project participants. The McNair Program ensures that all of its Scholars have the tools and resources necessary to start a graduate program. The overall goal of the McNair program is to provide students with the necessary skills and knowledge to pursue a Ph.D.