UD Home | UDaily | UDaily-Alumni | UDaily-Parents

UD called 'epicenter' of 2008 presidential race

Refreshed look for 'UDaily'

Fire safety training held for Residence Life staff

New Enrollment Services Building open for business

UD Outdoor Pool encourages kids to do summer reading

UD in the News

UD alumnus Biden selected as vice presidential candidate

Top Obama and McCain strategists are UD alums

Campanella named alumni relations director

Alum trains elephants at Busch Gardens

Police investigate robbery of student

UD delegation promotes basketball in India

Students showcase summer service-learning projects

First UD McNair Ph.D. delivers keynote address

Research symposium spotlights undergraduates

Steiner named associate provost for interdisciplinary research initiatives

More news on UDaily

Subscribe to UDaily's email services

UDaily is produced by the Office of Public Relations
The Academy Building
105 East Main St.
Newark, DE 19716-2701
(302) 831-2791

Success continues for McNair/University Undergraduate Scholars

Click here for low-resolution video of UD’s 156th Commencement

Click here for high-resolution video of UD’s 156th Commencement

Click here for low-resolution video of Jeff Shaara's address

Click here for high-resolution video of Jeff Shaara's address

Click here for Commencement 2005 photo album

See related articles:

UD celebrates its 156th Commencement

Shaara tells grads they’re ‘blessed with opportunity’

William DeLauder awarded honorary degree

Honorary degree citation for William B. DeLauder

W.D. Snodgrass receives doctor of humane letters

Honorary degree citation for W.D. Snodgrass

Class of 2005 finds improved job market

Senior class raises $47,000 for gift to UD

Four students recognized for special academic achievement

Success continues for McNair/University Undergraduate Scholars

Graduate Profile: From Nigeria to Newark--it’s been a trip for UD senior

Graduate Profile: Student's challenge motivates him to success

Graduate Profile: Peace Corps first stop for new grad

About UD’s 156th Commencement

Graduation numbers

Commencement marshals ‘vital’ to ceremony

Academic regalia

Why a mace?

Commencements past

7 p.m., May 28, 2005--Students in UD’s Ronald E. McNair Scholars and University Undergraduate Scholars programs have continued their record of excellence by once again achieving a 100 percent success rate for getting into, and obtaining funding for, the graduate schools of their choice.

The Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program honors the African-American astronaut who died in the explosion of the Challenger space shuttle in 1986. The University Undergraduate Scholars Program helps students from diverse and disadvantaged backgrounds get into graduate programs of their choice and obtain funding. University Undergraduate Scholars is modeled on the McNair program.

“The University of Delaware’s McNair Scholars Program has set and sustained the highest standard of success in the nation, and the Undergraduate Scholars program was created to enable more UD students to prepare for graduate study,” Provost Dan Rich said. “The University is proud of the continuing success of the students in matriculating for graduate study.”

Thirteen graduating seniors in the McNair program and five students in the University Undergraduate Scholars program have applied to and been accepted by graduate schools.

Seven graduating McNair and University Undergraduate Scholars will be coming to UD for graduate school, Maria Palacas, McNair Program director in the Office of Undergraduate Studies, said. Graduating McNair and University Undergraduate Scholars also will be attending other graduate schools, including Columbia University, the University of Pennsylvania, Ohio State University, and the University of Pittsburgh. Other graduate schools accepting McNair and University Undergraduate Scholars include Syracuse, Fordham, SUNY at Stony Brook, Rutgers, Wayne State, Johns Hopkins and Akron universities, as well as the University of Maryland at College Park.

“The McNair and University Undergraduate Scholars programs focus on excellence in academia, community, service, leadership and personal development, Palacas said. “We expect great things of our scholars because they are great people. Our scholars excel under the mantle of leadership and intellectual discovery.”

The McNair Program was awarded UD’s Louis Lorenzo Redding Diversity Award for 2003. Named for the late civil rights attorney and the first African American to be admitted to the Delaware bar, the award is given annually to a UD individual, unit, department or organization that promotes, enhances and implements diversity that results in a significant change in the campus climate and/or the composition within the University community.

Palacas also said that nine former McNair students have completed master’s degree programs and have successfully applied to and received funding for doctoral studies.

“McNair and University Undergraduate Scholars participants represent the pluralistic society in which we live. Our scholars value personal and professional excellences, intellectual exchange and debate and the uniqueness of the individual in a global society,” Palacas said. “Through service and leadership, the McNair and University Undergraduate scholars have enriched the UD community. Our scholars promise to offer the same to the graduate programs they will enter in fall 2005.”

Article by Jerry Rhodes

  E-mail this article

To learn how to subscribe to UDaily, click here.