McNair Scholars Program

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The McNair Scholars Program is an intensive research and graduate school preparation program for upper-division STEM students actively pursuing careers in academia. McNair Scholars become academically well-rounded, competitive candidates for graduate study, and are prepared to succeed in earning  Doctoral degrees.


The McNair Scholars Programs involves:
  • Completion of a quantitative-focused research project
  • Faculty mentorship
  • Fully funded, nine-week, research-intensive summer component
  • Graduate school and application preparation
  • Research symposia presentation
  • Travel to professional conferences
  • Engagement in a community of researchers

      A Day in the Life...

      See what the McNair experience is like from the perspective of current McNair Scholar, Bethlehem Abebe

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      To be eligible for the McNair Scholars Program students must:

      • Be a sophomore or junior at UConn in good academic standing
      • Be enrolled in a STEM major with plans to pursue a STEM Ph.D.
      • Identify as first-generation to college and from a household defined as low-income by the U.S. Department of Education and/or self-identify as an underrepresented racial or ethnic group in STEM graduate studies


      Contact McNair Scholars Program Coordinator, Renee Gilberti, Ph.D.:

      Apply to Become a McNair Scholar!

      Applications for the 2022-23 AY will open Fall 2022. 

      The application requires:

      • Demographic Information
      • Personal Essay
      • Letter of Recommendation
      • Unofficial Transcript