About This Journal

Ronald E. McNair Post-baccalaureate Achievement Program The Portland State University McNair Online Journal is the official publishing platform for research conducted by students who participate in the Ronald E. McNair Post-baccalaureate Achievement Program. It represents the culmination of research conducted by McNair scholars under the supervision of faculty mentors.

The McNair journal is peer-reviewed. Every article submitted for publication is reviewed by three persons (two academics from the discipline and one journal staff editor) who make up the review board for that article: 1) the first academic reviewer is the faculty mentor who oversaw the scholar’s research and writing process, 2) the second academic reviewer is from the same or a related discipline and 3) the third reviewer is a representative of the McNair journal staff.

Every PSU McNair scholar is invited to submit his or her research paper for publication in the PSU McNair Online Journal.

The PSU McNair Online Journal is interdisciplinary. There are no restrictions on the topic of research or the discipline in which the research is conducted. Since our journal is electronic, we have the capacity to publish articles or papers of varying lengths.

Who are McNair Scholars?

McNair Scholars are talented and motivated undergraduates who want to pursue doctoral studies. McNair Scholars are students that have demonstrated strong academic potential and are first-generation and low-income or are members of groups that are traditionally underrepresented in graduate education.

The Purpose

The goal of the McNair Scholars Program is to improve diversity in the professoriate through increasing the number of under-represented and or first-generation scholars with doctorates.

Program Services

The McNair Scholars Program has academic-year activities and a full-time summer research internship. Scholars take academic and skills-building seminars and workshops during the year, and each scholar works closely with a faculty mentor on original research. Scholars present their research findings at the McNair Summer Symposium and at other conferences, and are encouraged to publish their papers in the McNair Online Journal and other scholarly publications.


The Ronald E. McNair Post-baccalaureate Achievement Program was established in 1986 by the U.S. Department of Education and named in honor of Challenger Space Shuttle astronaut Dr. Ronald E. McNair. The program, which has been on campus since 2003, is funded by a $1,155,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Education and institutional cost-share funds.