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Welcome to McNair

TRIO McNair Scholars Program: A Pathway to a Ph.D.

The TRIO McNair Scholars Program is designed to encourage and assist eligible students in their pursuit of a doctoral degree.  Named in honor of Dr. Ronald E. McNair, the program provides Scholars with research experiences, mentoring, professional skills, and assistance with the graduate school application process.

Benefits and Services

  • Scholars are matched with faculty mentors in their respective disciplines to help formulate and refine research interests, develop a network and identify graduate programs, and understand the rigors and culture of the academic discipline
  • A summer research internship exposes Scholars to the research expectations and methodologies within the discipline while the Scholar earns credits and a stipend.
  • Access to Honors Contract Courses that add rigor to the undergraduate experience and enhance graduate school credentials
  • Seminars help Scholars hone writing, analytical, research, and presentation skills, and tackle the graduate school application and selection process
  • Travel to academic and research conferences and graduate schools provides Scholars opportunities to network with potential graduate faculty, practice presentation skills, and identify potential graduate programs.


Eligibility for McNair

To qualify for the McNair Scholars Program, students must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a first-generation student (neither parent completed a bachelor’s degree or, if you only lived with and received support from one parent, that parent did not complete a bachelor’s degree) AND meet federal income guidelines


Be a member of a group that is underrepresented in graduate education as determined by the US Department of Education


  • Be a US Citizen or permanent resident
  • Be at least a sophomore with 45+ credit hours
  • Have a desire to pursue a research doctorate

This program is funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education.  Applicants are selected for participation in compliance with provisions of Section 427 of the U.S. Department of Education’s General Education Provisions Act (GEPA).