Program Details


Students must:

  • Be sophomores or first-semester juniors. 

  • Have a 3.0 minimum cumulative GPA. 

  • Hold U.S. citizenship or permanent U.S. residency. 

  • Be income-eligible (according to federal guidelines) and be a first-generation college student or be a member of a traditionally underrepresented group in higher education (African-American, Hispanic, Native-American, Alaskan-Native American, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander). 

  • Intend to pursue graduate studies leading to a Ph.D. (This program is not open to students pursuing medical or law degrees)

  • Also, students who have transferred from a community college are encouraged to apply.


  • Opportunity to work closely with a faculty mentor on a paid summer research project.

  • Opportunity to present research at national McNair conferences, as well as other research symposiums.

  • The opportunity to receive incentives such as waivers of application fees and fellowships from universities across the country seeking McNair Scholars for entrance into their graduate programs.

  • The opportunity to visit universities offering doctoral programs.

  • The opportunity to attend seminars and workshops related to graduate school preparation.

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