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McNair Scholars

The federally funded TRIO McNair Scholars program seeks to increase doctoral program application, matriculation, and degree attainment by underrepresented and first-generation college students.

The U of M McNair program is open to all Twin Cities students in all colleges and majors, U of M coordinate campuses (Crookston, Duluth, Morris, Rochester), and Minnesota colleges and universities that do not have their own McNair program: Carleton College, Hamline University, Macalester College, Metropolitan State University, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, St. Catherine University, St. John’s University, and University of St. Thomas.

Through this summer experience and academic year programming, McNair Scholars develop higher-level academic and research skills necessary to gain admission to and successfully complete graduate study.

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Read more about how to apply. Students pursuing STEM programs are strongly encouraged to apply.

Population Served

  • Students enrolled in public or private colleges who have completed 90 quarter credits or 50 semester credits with at least 12 credits in area of research interest.
  • Students enrolled in public or private colleges who have completed 90 quarter credits or 50 semester credits with at least 12 credits in area of research interest.
  • One-third of the students may be from groups that are underrepresented in graduate school.

Preferred Preparation

  • Creative, independent second- or third-year undergraduates with good writing skills and a GPA of 2.75 or higher who possess intellectual curiosity and are interested in conducting research under the guidance of a faculty mentor.


  • McNair faculty members come from all disciplines, at rank of assistant professor or higher, and are interested in guiding summer research experiences of high-potential, first-generation, and minority undergraduates.
  • McNair faculty are recognized by their peers and students as valued mentors and exceptional teachers. Several members of the faculty have leadership positions in their departments, such as associate dean, director, and department chair.
  • They are leaders in their field and serve as members of professional associations and editors of professional journals.

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Graduate Study
at UMN

Are you a McNair Scholar from another institution and interested in graduate study at the University of MN? The Office for Diversity in Graduate Education has resources for you!


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