The McNair Scholars Program supports first generation, low-income, and underrepresented students to pursue a graduate education. We prepare sophomores to near-graduating seniors for graduate school through immersion into graduate-level research projects and familiarization with the graduate school application process. Students will apply to be part of the program during the fall semester, participate in a seminar over the spring semester, and then engage in the 8-week Summer Research Institute. Throughout the next academic year, students work directly with staff to apply to graduate programs and identify and secure funding.

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What does the McNair Scholars Program provide?

  • Spring:
    • A 3-credit undergraduate research seminar in the spring semester
    • Support identifying a faculty mentor & research topic
  • Summer:  
    • An 8-week intensive research program (Summer Research Institute) that consists of:
      • A week-long trip to Washington DC
      • An in-depth research experience on a topic of your choice
      • Working one-on-one with a faculty mentor
      • Learning how to apply to graduate school
      • Networking with other undergraduates from across the nation
      • Graduate school visits
  • Academic Year and Ongoing Support:
    • Advising and support from McNair Staff in all aspects of the graduate school application process
    • Paid travel to attend and present at conferences
    • Fee waivers for graduate school applications
    • Identifying graduate school funding, scholarships, and fellowships


In order to be eligible to apply, applicants must meet following criteria:

  •  Must be an undergraduate who completed 40 credit hours
  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Obtain at least a 2.8 cumulative GPA
  • Be a low-income and first generation college student and/or a member of an underrepresented group in higher education, (i.e. African-American, Latinx/Hispanic, American Indian, Pacific Islander)

How to apply

Application is currently closed.