McNair Scholars enroll in specialized courses the cover topics such as the craft of research, the culture of graduate education, the graduate school application process, the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), and teaching at the college level. Additional workshops and weekend sessions are provided on an as-needed basis.
Scholars conduct a McNair Research Project with the guidance of a McNair Faculty Mentor. Scholars are eligible for travel funds to attend national conferences for presentations of their research. Scholars publish their research project in The McNair Journal.
Additional benefits of being a McNair Scholar
McNair Scholars are provided with a research stipend and a room and board allowance for the Summer Semester Training, May through July. Last summer, the funding package was $4000.00.
McNair Scholars participate in an intensive six week GRE preparation course during Summer Semester Training.
Through a partnership with the Educational Testing Services, the Council for Opportunity in Education, and donor funds, McNair Scholars may have their GRE fee covered by these entities. The current cost for registering for the GRE is $195.00.
Graduate Application Fee Waiver
The McNair Program has a special relationship with hundreds of schools across the nation who have agreed to waive the application costs for McNair Scholars. Find out which schools offer these (and other) benefits with the Council for Opportunity in Education List of Fellowships and Application Fee Waivers.
Cultural Enrichment Activities
The McNair Program sponsors scholars to attend cultural enrichment activities such as theatrical and musical performances, and invited lectures.