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McNair Scholars Program

The McNair Scholars Program is an academic achievement and graduate school preparatory program for undergraduate students who are first generation, limited-income and/or underrepresented in graduate programs. We prepare students for graduate studies through scholarly enrichment, exposure to research, and other academic experiences and opportunities.

Interested in Graduate School?

Why the McNair Program

  1. Mentor-Guided Research: designing, executing, and presenting a mentor-guided research project
  2. Graduate School Preparation: developing and submitting a competitive graduate school application
  3. Scholarly Skills: developing the skills and dispositions for doctoral study
  4. Financial Aid: paid research ($2,800), fee waivers, and travel opportunities

McNair Eligibility

Who We Serve

  • Low-income and first-generation students
  • Students underrepresented in doctoral programs (this includes members of the following groups: African American/Black, Hispanic/Latino, American Indian/Alaskan Native or Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander)
  • STEM, Social Science, and Humanities students interested in graduate school
  • Second degree seeking students
  • Law or medical degree seeking students, if they are interested in pursuing a master’s or PhD

Eligibility Requirements

The McNair Scholars Program serves students who meet the following criteria:

  • First-generation and limited-income students and/or students underrepresented in doctoral programs
  • Students who are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Students expecting to immediately enter an academic/research graduate program upon graduation
Check out all the places where our alumni have attended grad school!

McNair Alumni - Grad School Locations

Alumni Grad School Map

Interested in seeing our scholars' research?

Check out the McNair Research Journal!

McNair Research Journal (PDF)