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Ronald E. McNair Program

Program Awards and Benefits

As a McNair Scholar you will...

  • be matched with a faculty mentor whose research interests are related to your own academic interests.
  • participate in a competitive eight-week summer research project under the direction of your faculty mentor from approximately June 1 through August 1 and gain recommendation to receive up to a $2,700 competitive stipend.
  • write an abstract and paper based on your summer research findings which will be published in the McNair Scholars' Journal and presented at the annual McNair Research Symposium.
  • attend seminars designed to introduce participants to the nature of graduate education, and to successful role models who have obtained doctoral degrees.
  • attend research and teaching institutes designed to increase participants' knowledge of the culture of the academy.
  • participate in an intensive GRE workshop.
  • receive assistance in defining, setting, and realizing your education goals, as well as in applying to graduate programs of your choice.
  • be eligible for a $200 stipend to offset academic doctoral program application costs.
  • benefit from a supportive network of McNair Scholars, who, like you, are working toward a graduate degree.
  • have the opportunity to attend a professional meeting or conference with your faculty mentor or to visit selected institutions for research purposes with your faculty mentor.
  • benefit from ongoing support from faculty mentors and program staff dedicated to ensuring student advancement.