Program Curriculum

McNair Scholars enroll in specialized courses during their program participation. INTERDIS 490 provides an introduction to the culture of graduate education and prepares students for a summer research experience. In addition, the McNair Program facilitates a GRE preparation course that brings together writing and math specialists to help scholars improve their test scores.

INTERDIS 490 (Semester I): McNair Preparation for Graduate School 

  • New Scholar Orientation
  • Introduction to Graduate Education
  • Professional Academic Identity Development
  • Overview of the Research Process
  • Introduction to the Craft of Research
  • Ethics of Research
  • Introduction to Experimental Design
  • Technical Writing
  • Graduate Education and Culture


INTERDIS 490 (Semester II): McNair Preparation to Graduate School 

  • Developing Statement of Purpose and CV 
  • Developing Public Speaking Skills
  • Insight into Graduate Application Process
  • Financing your Graduate education
  • Investigating Graduate Programs
  • Introduction to Graduate School Culture
  • Surviving and Thriving in Graduate School
  • Research Writing and Formatting
  • Preparing E-portfolio


McNair Summer Institute (MSI)

  • Graduate Program Application Preparation
    • Identifying Graduate programs
    • Enhancing Curriculum Vitae
    • Statement of Purpose writing
    • Writing Letter of Recommendation Portfolios
  • Conducting Research with Faculty Mentor
  • Preparing Manuscript 
  • Refining Time Management Skills
  • Identify and Apply Graduate School Funding
  • Preparing for GRE (if necessary)
McNair Scholar Jarely L. Aragón Ramírez shared her experience on summer research programs with ID490 students.
Felicia Adesope, McNair student, has been promoted following her successful completion of the ID490 course.