The McNair Scholars Program provides first-generation, low-income, and underrepresented students with academic opportunities for students who want to go to graduate school to ultimately earn a Ph.D. The program offers academically enriching experiences and mentoring that better prepare students for the graduate school  process and successful doctoral degree attainment.

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Program Benefits

McNair Scholars

  • Faculty mentorships
  • Funding
  • Research experience
  • Opportunities to attend professional conferences
  • Leadership opportunities
  • Support throughout the graduate school selection and application process

Research, Scholarly and Creative Activity

McNair Scholars develop a grant proposal for an original project, write a full-length manuscript, and present their work to a multidisciplinary audience. They can be awarded:

  • more than $5,000 for on-campus housing and meals
  • a stipend of $2,800
  • tuition remission for a 4-credit-hour, 400-level course
  • funding for research supplies during an 8-week summer internship that takes place after their junior year of coursework