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McNair Scholars Program

McNair Scholars Program Eligibility Requirements

You are eligible to apply if you have/are:

  • A minimum cumulative (GPA) of  2.8 or higher
  • A U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • The first generation in your family to graduate from college and low income, as suggested by the U.S. Department of Education OR
  • From a group underrepresented in Graduate Education: Black (non-Hispanic), Hispanic, American Indian, Alaskan Native, Native Hawaiians, and Native American Pacific Islanders
  • Intending to pursue a doctoral–level degree after graduation

How To Apply

 To apply, please visit the How to Apply page.

Why Should I Join McNair?

  • Conduct graduate-level research under the guidance of a faculty mentor
  • Receive instruction in research and writing, and presentation and communication skills
  • Learn research presentation skills
  • Attend retreats and weekly workshops and prepare for graduate school entrance exams (GRE), for the graduate school application process
  • Attend cultural events, on and off campus
  • Learn networking skills
  • Visit graduate schools and meet with graduate schools administrators and students
  • Travel to McNair Conferences to present research
  • Information on graduate school fellowships
  • Receive other tangible benefits, including:
    • Graduate school application fee waivers from participating institutions
    • Free transcripts
    • GRE partial fee waiver
    • GRE preparation material