Preparing Undergraduates for Graduate School since 1999


The McNair Scholars Program at Washington State University prepares undergraduates from underrepresented backgrounds for their future doctoral studies.


The McNair Scholars Program at WSU will be recognized as the university’s vanguard in preparing undergraduates for graduate education.


The McNair Scholars Program at WSU will provide program participants with graduate education preparation activities and services to include faculty-mentored research experiences, coursework focused on the craft of research and the culture of graduate education, and academic and career counseling.

McNair Scholar, Zakora Moore, is a bioengineering major who
conducts cutting-edge research on optimizing the growth of cancer-fighting T cells under the guidance of Bernie Van Wie. Zakora won the Crimson Award for her presentation at SURCA, Showcase for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities.

McNair Highlights

McNair at the 25th Annual University of Maryland National McNair Conference

McNair Scholars, Consuelo Munguia presented “Expanding education on
mental health disorders
within underrepresented
committees”, Areli Orozco presented “Influences Mental Health has
on Academic Performance
on Students of Color”,
Ben McDonald presented “Primordial Black Holes as
Dark Matter Candidates”, Marcus Foster presented “Mineral Analysis of Biotitic
Host Rock Unit from Lemhi County, Idaho”, Rhea Grace Manzano presented “Relationship between stress
and sleep amongst South
and Southeast Asians”, Geselle Sotelo presented “Investigating deterministic
drivers of mycorrhizal fungal
community assembly in the
northwestern US”,
Tyrique Lewis presented “The Role of CD64/FcyRI in
antibody-mediated activation of
Monocytee against SARS-C0V-2″,
April Mendoza Magana presented “Surveillance for exposure to hantaviruses among the inland northwest”, and
Alejandra Prado presented “Evaluating the knowledge,
attitudes, and practices towards
rodent and tick-borne diseases
among rural Latino and non-Latinos
farmworkers in eastern
Washington”, ¬†

McNair Scholars 2024 SURCA Award Winners

Our scholars took home 7 of the 49 Awards home this year. Congratulations, Scholars!

Zakora Moore and Areli Orozco received awards in the Research Proposal Category.

Tyrique Lewis, Mya Mackowsi, and Geselle Sotelo won awards in the Molecular, Cellular and Chemical Biology.

Akira Park won award in the Humanities category.

Sandy Tlachi-Munoz received award in the Social Sciences category.

Read more about SURCA and the award categories HERE.

McNair Award Winners at the
UW Gabriel E. Gallardo Research, Student Leadership and Advocacy Symposium

Congratulations McNair Students,¬†Akira Park¬†and¬†Skyler Allison! ūüĎŹ who won 2 of the 4 Best Oral Presentation awards in the UW Gabriel E. Gallardo Research, Student Leadership, and Advocacy Symposium.

April Mendoza, REU/SROP Admittance 2024

Congratulations! April Mendoza Magana was accepted to the 2024 REU Program- EMERGE Biology Integration Institution with the University of Hampshire, which is fully funded. April will be heading to Abisko, Sweden this summer where they will conduct field work with how ecosystems are responding to climate change.

McNair 2022 Fall Gathering T-Minus Talks Winners

Congratulations to the McNair Fall Gathering T-minus Talks winners, Senior Scholars¬†Giselle Jimenez¬†and¬†Florence Adesope!!ūüĎŹ

Jarely Aragón-Ramírez, Gilman Scholarship Award Winner

Jarely McNair Senior Scholar, received the Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship, which is a “federally funded initiative, and the top study abroad award in higher education”. Jarely will be heading off to Japan to study for a semester this fall 2023. Congratulations, Jarely! Read more HERE.

McNair Scholars at SACNAS 2022

Congratulations to McNair Scholars Sandy Tlachi-Munoz and Giselle Jimenez, who attended the SACNAS National Diversity in STEM (NDiS) conference in Puerto Rico.

The SACNAS conference is the largest multidisciplinary and multicultural STEM diversity event in the country.

McNair Scholar Sandy Tlachi-Mu√Īoz Research Publication

Sandy Tlachi-Munoz, McNair Senior Scholar, published a research article in The Drug and Alcohol Review with her McNair Faculty mentor, Dr. Jessica Willoughby

The article is titled The impact of sexual scripts in brand-generated cannabis social media posts on sex-related cannabis expectancies: Does body appreciation moderate effects?
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This grant has been 100% federally funded by the United States Department of Education to serve 27 scholars annually in the amount of $267,841 per year for a period of five years.