Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement ProgramRonald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement ProgramDivision of Student AffairsDepartment of Student ServicesUniversity of Cincinnati

Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program

STARS - Student Achievement in Research and Scholarship



The Ohio Board of Regents and the Regents’ Advisory Committee on Graduate Study (RACGS) recognized the critical need for increasing Ohio’s pool of prepared faculty and, thus, in 1991 created the STARS Program (Student Achievement in Research and Scholarship). Sponsored by the Ohio Board of Regents, the STARS Program was a statewide undergraduate program designed to prepare high achieving undergraduates from low-income households, (potential) first generation and/or from underrepresented ethnic groups for graduate school and ultimately for a career in the professoriate. The STARS Program has been with the University of Cincinnati for over a decade and continues its successful history of preparing students for graduate school through its new partnership and support of the President’s Diversity Council.


The STARS Scholars Program offers undergraduate students the opportunity to conduct scholarly research, receive faculty mentoring and shadowing, and possibly travel to attend conferences, and participate in campus-based STARS Student workshops and seminars that will better prepare them for the graduate school admissions process and for the Graduate Record Exam (GRE).

Educational Benefits

  • Courses on GRE preparation
  • Research methodologies and/or statistics instruction
  • One-on-one faculty mentoring
  • Graduate school application assistance
  • Discover and evaluate options for graduate study through literature study and campus visits of Ohio based colleges and universities
  • Identify potential funding sources for graduate study
  • Networking opportunities
  • Access to a resource library that has holdings on topics pertaining to scholarship research, graduate school and GRE test preparation
  • Opportunity to write for publication

Student Eligibility Requirements

To be accepted into the program students must demonstrate that they are goal oriented, highly motivated and high achieving. They must have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on 4.0 scale and maintain a 3.0 GPA for continued participation. Students must be able to identify a faculty mentor or potential mentor.