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The Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Scholars Program

2021 McNair Summer Institute (MSI)


  • June 1 – July 23, 2021, T W TH F 10am-12pm
  • Mondays are dedicated as ‘research days’ for Scholars to work primarily on their McNair Research Projects.


  • Zoom – link will be emailed to MSI participants before June 1.


  • The topics for the MSI build upon those of INTERDIS 490: McNair Preparation for Graduate School.  These include:
    • The craft of research
    • Applications to graduate programs and funding
    • The culture of graduate school
    • Wellness
  • McNair Scholars are provided with a research stipend and a room and board allowance for the McNair Summer Institute, May through July. This summer, the funding package will be ~$6,000. This amount is provided so that Scholars can devote time to their research projects and graduate applications instead of working part or full time before their fall classes begin.
  • Scholars will also be offered the opportunity to apply for a Wellness Grant, including services such as recreation classes, fees, or equipment.
  • Scholars are expected to participate synchronously in the MSI. Scholars participating in SROPs or REUs will participate asynchronously. If Scholars are required to take a course over the summer, they must speak with the program director, Dr. Herrera, to discuss the situation.


Due by 10 am the first day of class. If you need a refresher, please review the INTERDIS 490 class recording from 4/28/2021.

  • Golden Circle worksheet
  • Research Timeline, completed with your Faculty Mentor
  • List of 8-12 graduate programs in your grad tracker
  • Summer schedule when you will work on MSI emailed by Susan
  • CV timeline worked backward


More details about the MSI will be added as they are finalized.

Kelly McNair Scholar power-posing in summer backdrop