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 24th Annual University of Maryland National McNair Conference

McNair Scholars, Sandy Tlachi-Munoz 
presented “The Discussion around Alcohol and Cannabis Use Among first-generation Undergraduate Students in Living Situations;” Akira Park presented “Am I Qualified?: Studying the Inclusion of Asian-American Literature in English Classrooms;” and Katy Ayers presented “Mushroom Mechanics: An Analysis of Fungal Biomaterials for Wild Bee Conservation.”

McNair Scholars 2024 SURCA Award Winners

Our scholars took home 7 of the 43 Awards home this year. Congratulations, Scholars!

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

Tyrique Lewis, Mya Mackowsi, and Geselle Mendoza 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! 👏 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!!👏

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 Scholar Sandy Tlachi-Muñoz 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.