Society of McNair Fellows
Ronald E. McNair Graduate Fellowship
Through the Ronald E. McNair Graduate Fellowship Program, the Graduate School provides a select number of undergraduate McNair scholars who attend UMD for their graduate studies with an award that enhances the program's support package with an additional $40,000 over 4 years. Since the inauguration of the McNair Graduate Fellowship program, 36 exceptional students have been recruited to UMD.
Society of McNair Fellows "In the News"
Meet the Fellows
|2011-2012||ARHU||Ilyas Omar Abukar||AMST|
|2011-2012||ARHU||Melissa Susan Rogers, PhD||WMST||Graduated with PhD||PhD 2017|
|2011-2012||EDUC||Shelby Patricia Cooley, PhD||EDHD||Graduated with PhD||PhD 2015|
|PSYC||Graduated with PhD||PhD 2017|
|WMST||Graduated with PhD||PhD 2018|
|2012-2013||ARHU||Robert De'Von Jiles||AMST|
|2012-13||ARHU||David Irwin||HIST||Graduated with Masters||Masters 2016|
|SOCY||Graduated with Masters||Masters 2014|
|2013-14||ARCH||Angela Martinez||URPD||Graduated with Masters||Masters 2015|
|2015-16||ARHU||Natalie (Nat) Baldino||WMST|
|2015-16||EDUC||Camille Fair Bumbray||TLPL|
AY 18-19 Session Dates, Times, and Titles
Tuesday, September 11, 2018
"Welcome Lunch for New McNair Fellows"
Thursday, September 27, 2018
"Networking Lunch and Society of McNair Fellows Peer Mentoring Program Orientation"
Friday, October 19, 2018
"Networking Night for all New and Returning McNair Fellows"
Wednesday, November 7, 2018
"Culturally Competent Mentorship and Peer Mentoring Communities" by guest speaker Dr. Alexis Williams
Tuesday, December 11, 2018
McNair and Flagship Fellows Holiday Party
Monday, February 4, 2019
Lunch for McNair Fellows
Monday, February 18, 2019
Writing Retreat for all McNair Fellows
Tuesday, February 26, 2019 at 1pm
Special Driskell Center exhibition showing, Posing Beauty in African American Culture, with Deputy Director Dorit Yaron
Thursday, March 28, 2019 - 6:00-7:30 pm
Practicing Resilience in Graduate School and Preventing Burnout: A Health Wellness Model by Dr. Jennifer Roberts
Apply to be a Society of McNair Fellows Peer Mentor
The Graduate School's Office of Graduate Diversity and Inclusion is currently accepting applications for the Society of McNair Fellows Peer-To-Peer Mentoring Program. To be considered for Fall 2018 and Spring 2019, please submit an application by August 31, 2018. Only second year and above McNair Fellows are eligible to apply.
McNair Mentoring Fellows are a select group of graduate students who have demonstrated mastery of mentorship or interest in learning more about mentorship as future faculty in their fields or disciplines and an aptitude for peer mentorship. Past experience with mentoring is preferable, though not essential.
In recognition of their service, The Graduate School's Office of Graduate Diversity and Inclusion seeks to support McNair Mentoring fellows’ research. Fellows receive $500 per semester to use toward research and conference travel, books, software for data management, etc. One-year commitment preferred. McNair Mentoring Fellows apply for one or two semesters and must reapply each year in order to be considered for best match with incoming McNair Fellow. A limited number of fellows will be selected based on number of incoming fellows.
McNair Mentoring Fellows:
1) Commit to work one-on-one with an incoming McNair Fellow graduate student for two-four hours per week in a personable and supportive manner.
2) Meet once a month with other Society of McNair Fellows (during designated sessions organized by Christopher Pérez and Robyn Kotzker).
3) Facilitate workshops and small groups with the Society of McNair Fellows Program under the leadership and coordination of Christopher Pérez.
4) Participate in Mentoring training sessions.
5) Select and develop a mentoring project over the course of the semester/year that you can add to your CV.
McNair Mentoring Fellows are highly valued by the Graduate School. This new program is intended to bring new and returning McNair Fellows together, create community, provide leadership in mentoring best practices, and develop training on mentorship for future faculty. Selection as a McNair Mentoring fellow indicates exceptional performance in a student’s field and notable potential as a future faculty member and/or practicing professional.
Submit a letter of interest discussing your mentoring vision or mentorship philosophy (no more than two pages double-spaced) and a current CV to Christopher Pérez (firstname.lastname@example.org). Please indicate if you would like to commit to one or two semesters. You will also need to provide two letters of support, one from a faculty member and one from the director of graduate studies in your department or program (sent directly from the recommender). Please contact Christopher Pérez for additional information.