Apply to McNair Scholars Program

Strongly considering pursuing graduate school (MS, PhD, professional degree)?

If you are a 2nd or 3rd year student wanting to pursue undergraduate research in a STEM discipline and curious to learn more about graduate school preparation and career options, apply to be a McNair Scholar!

Applications must be submitted by Thursday October 14 before 12noon and recommendations by October 21.


(A) among the first generation in your family to attend a 4 year college AND meet the low income guidelines on the application chart based on your family size,


(B) Self-identify as an underrepresented racial or ethnic group as listed on the application,


if you are able to check off both (A) and (B).

As a McNair Scholar, students begin conducting research with a research group during the spring semester of their 2nd or 3rd year, to continue for the remainder of their academic semesters until graduation. Students can also participate in our fully-funded research-intensive, graduate school preparation program in June and July to continue with their research project, build their graduate school application, and present at our annual poster exhibit.

In addition to engaging as a community year-round, Scholars frequently meet 1:1 with the Program Coordinator to discuss their progress and life balance, and participate in workshops, seminars, and the UNIV 2100 course to build academic writing, critical thinking, research communication, and professional development skills to be a well-rounded scholar and competitive candidate for graduate study.  Read more about the McNair Edge on our homepage!

Click here for the application link! 

Once you access the application link above, all applicants must click on the SCHOLAR button on the application to be able to view the application in entirety, and promptly email Dr. Renee at to state your intention to apply so we can coordinate your virtual interview session.

Any questions? E-mail

1st & 2nd year students looking for the McNair Fellows application (due each February) for a 1 semester introductory research apprenticeship? Click on the McNair Fellows tab. The Fellows cycle is now closed and will re-open in January 2022.