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The Ph.D. is a research degree which increases the nation’s production of knowledge and innovation. The U.S. is ranked 10th in Ph.D. production, causing us to be behind in global competition. In addition, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, as of 2013, only 1.5% of Americans hold a doctoral degree, and of these, less than 10% are held by underrepresented minorities. In order to best represent the needs and interests of our diverse nation, Ph.D. Scholars must also represent this diversity. A diverse faculty is essential in higher education to teach the next generation of leaders. We also require diversity in our research to foster innovation and provide a broader perspective.

The McNair Scholars Program is unable to accept applicants who are interested in earning a Doctorate of Medicine (M.D.), a Juris Doctorate (J.D.), a joint M.D.-Ph.D., or those interested in other Professional Degrees.