The Office of TRIO programs currently houses Student Support Services (SSS) Classic, SSS STEM-Health Sciences, and the Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program. These federally funded programs serve undergraduate students who are first-generation, low-income, students with disabilities (SSS), and/or Black/African American, Hispanic/Latinx, Indigenous, or Pacific Islander students (McNair only).
Student Support Services Classic and STEM-Health Sciences provide students with academic advising and course selections, financial aid assistance, financial literacy, tutoring, graduate school visits, and other services.
The Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program is designed to prepare undergraduate students for doctoral studies.
This office also engages and supports new students that were in Talent Search, Upward Bound, or SSS for a seamless transition into UNC Greensboro.
Designed to prepare undergraduate students for the pursuit of a Ph.D., the UNCG-McNair Scholars Program (UNCG-McNair) provides 25 UNCG undergraduate students with opportunities to complete research with faculty mentors, attend the UNCG-McNair Summer Research Institute, explore graduate school options, and prepare for graduate-level studies. Ultimately, the goal of UNCG-McNair – and all Ronald E. McNair Post-baccalaureate Achievement Programs – is to diversify faculty demographics across the nation by providing experience and training to students typically underrepresented in the academy. UNCG-McNair is a federal TRIO program funded by the U.S. Department of Education.
As part of the Forney Student Success Commons, the UNCG-McNair Scholars Program provides academic support and programming from knowledgeable staff who engage you in maximizing your potential. As you develop your research interests with faculty mentors, you receive a variety of benefits and services to prepare you for graduate programs in your chosen fields of study.
Highlights of the UNCG-McNair Experience:
To qualify for UNCG-McNair, you must:
OR, be a member of a group that is traditionally under-represented in graduate studies (African-American, Hispanic/Latino, Alaskan Native/American Indian, or Pacific Islander).
In addition, UNCG-McNair candidates must also:
|Fall: Apply & Interview to join UNCG-McNair.|
Accepted applicants attend Induction.Create a graduate school plan with the help of faculty and UNCG-McNair staff.Assess needs with UNCG-McNair staff.
|Spring: Attend UNCG-McNair colloquia.|
Attend UNCG-McNair workshops.Begin to develop research interests and research questions.
|Summer: Attend UNCG-McNair workshops.|
Visit potential graduate school programs with UNCG-McNair cohort & staff.
|Fall: If joining as a junior, same as above, plus:|
Identify and narrow research interests.Identify a UNCG faculty mentor.
|Spring: Enroll in Interdisciplinary Research Methods Course (3 credit hours).|
Attend graduate school fair & a research enrichment experience.Take a GRE practice test.Finalize summer research/internship plans.Attend UNCG-McNair colloquia, workshops, social, & cultural events.
|Summer: Enroll in UNCG-McNair Summer Research Institute.|
Compose personal statements; request faculty recommendation letters.Continue GRE test preparation.Visit potential graduate school programs with UNCG-McNair cohort & staff.Present research at McNair symposia or other research conferences.
By End of Senior Year, You will Have:
The UNCG-McNair Scholars Program is excited to work closely with UNCG faculty, administrators, and staff to support our students’ pursuit of higher education. There are a number of ways to engage UNCG-McNair Scholars and help identify students that may be interested in participating in the program. UNCG faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and doctoral students play an integral role in the overall success of the UNCG-McNair program and in the pursuit of graduate education by our students. If you are interested in acting as a faculty mentor, panelist, workshop presenter, or guest lecturer, please let us know by completing the UNCG-McNair Faculty Mentor form.
Student Support Services is a TRIO support program designed to maximize academic performance for UNCG students who are first-generation college students from modest income backgrounds based on U.S. Department of Education guidelines, or who have a documented disability registered with OARS, and demonstrate academic need for services.
The goal of UNCG’s SSS programs is to support students throughout college and beyond and to help students make the transition from one level of education to the next.
SSS Classic serves 210 undergraduate students in all majors and at all levels.SSS STEM-Health Sciences (STEM-H) serves 120 undergraduate students in majors including: Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Computer Science, Geography Environment and Sustainability, Human Development and Family Studies, Information Systems, Kinesiology, Math, Nutrition, Physics, Pre-Health/Pre-Nursing, and Public Health.
Apply to the SSS programs and receive confirmation of acceptance to take advantage of services in SSS Classic or SSS STEM-H. Click on the “New SSS Application” to the left to apply for either SSS program!
College is a time of constant transition. In navigating through the university experience, all students can benefit from advising. This component of SSS focuses on academics, career planning, mental health, and personal advising.
How SSS can help:
As a member of Student Support Services, you can take advantage of the Academic Skills component to improve what you do both in and out of the classroom. We utilize various assessments to determine your personal strengths and challenges as a student. Academic Skills specialists are on hand to interpret assessment results and work one-on-one with you to develop skills and produce effective results.
SSS can help students:
Whether you are looking to deepen your understanding in a subject, are concerned about your grades in a particular course, or are looking for a peer to support you in your learning process, SSS Tutoring Services is here to support you. Our team of peer tutors facilitates individualized (one on one) tutoring sessions with any student within SSS.
We employ a wide range of students from various backgrounds and experience levels. We are currently accepting applications for peer tutors in all disciplines. If you’re interested in becoming a peer tutor, please email Melissa Lore – firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) is a national initiative funded by the U.S. Department of Education with the goal of preparing students to enter and succeed in college.
The UNC System was awarded over $4 million for the 7-year grant in 2019 to provide GEAR UP services. UNCG is one of five 4-year institutions from the UNC System to partner with GEAR UP North Carolina in implementing this initiative.
Here at UNCG, GEAR UP provides academic coaching for students to achieve their academic and personal goals. GEAR UP students also have the opportunity to build relationships with other program participants and engage with campus activities and resources.
The federal goal of GEAR UP is to significantly increase the number of students in disadvantaged communities who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education. On a federal level, GEAR UP has three program objectives:
GEAR UP NC partners with the College Foundation of North Carolina for statewide dissemination of college information. GEAR UP NC is included in the University of North Carolina System Higher Expectations Strategic Plan as a strategy for promoting and improving access to higher education in North Carolina.
GEAR UP provides one-on-one coaching sessions for all eligible students. Students who are a part of GEAR UP also have the opportunity to build relationships with fellow GEAR UP students as well as engage in campus activities and resources.
The number of coaching sessions depends on the needs of the student. Students are able to set recurring sessions with their coach or make appointments as needed throughout the academic year. Your coach will be sure to make frequent contact with you often.
Each coaching session will differ depending on the needs of the student. However, each session will include collaboration from both student and coach to develop plans to stay on track of achieving academic goals for the student. The coach will also be a resource for navigating challenges and referring students to appropriate campus resources.
Coaches are trained to assist in identifying resources that will be useful for you as students. During sessions, your coach will refer you to the most beneficial resources to assist you.