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Released March 12, 2004


HATTIESBURG -- The University of Southern Mississippi is currently recruiting students to participate in its Dr. Ronald E. McNair Post-baccalaureate Achievement Program.

Southern Miss was awarded the Dr. Ronald E. McNair Post-baccalaureate Achievement Program grant by the U.S. Department of Education in 1999 to prepare first-generation, low-income students or students from underrepresented groups in graduate education for doctoral study.

The services provided to participants include assessing readiness for doctoral study; pairing a student with a faculty member for a supervised research experience; participating in workshops on technical writing and research skills; assisting in preparation for the GRE and graduate school application process; enabling travel to prospective graduate schools and professional conferences.

Encouraged to participate are undergraduate students who are high achievers interested in pursuing a doctoral degree; interested in research; maintain a GPA of 3.0 or better; low-income and first-generation students or from underrepresented groups in doctoral studies; juniors or seniors with at least 60 hours of college credit by Sept. 2004; U.S. citizens or permanent residents; able to attend weekly meetings/workshops and interested in being mentored by a professor and graduate student through a research experience.

If you would like to schedule a program presentation for your department, class, or organization, please contact Susan Bourland at 266-2910 or Frederick Varnado at


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