Adrian Walker, Dr. Anne Macy, and Brittney Ervin

The Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program is funded by the U.S. Department of Education and has been on the WTAMU campus since 1999.  This program is designed to prepare qualified undergraduate students for doctoral studies through involvement in research and other scholarly activities.  The goal of the McNair program is to increase graduate degree attainment of students from underrepresented segments of society.  Every spring semester, applications are taken for 11 slots in the WTAMU McNair Scholars program.  Students conduct graduate level research under the guidance of a faculty mentor.  The summer stipend for McNair Scholars is $2,800 plus travel support to present research results at a national conference.

Brittney Ervin, senior economics major, spent the summer working on the manuscript “Student Performance on the California Critical Thinking Skills Test” with Dr. Neil Terry, Dean of the College of Business and Professor of Economics.  Adrian Walker, senior finance and economics major, spent the summer working on the case study “First United Bank Giving Strategy” with Dr. Anne Macy, Edwards Professor of Finance.  The research results were presented this fall at the Allied Academies Conference in Las Vegas.  The work of Ervin and Terry has been accepted for 2012 publication in the Academy of Educational Leadership Journal,

Students interested in pursuing the McNair Scholars program this coming summer are encouraged to contact Mike Cook (, Victoria Salas (, or call 806-651-5296.  The McNair Program office is located in Suite 170 at the Killgore Research Center.