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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. Read more about the program »

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.



McNair Program Guide: Powering the Next Generation of Scholars and Industry Leaders

2017 McNair Scholars photo

The U of M McNair program is one of the oldest McNair programs in the country. Read more about our history, outcomes, and future. [PDF]


McNair staff

40 Education Sciences Building
56 East River Road
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Phone: 612-625-0772
Fax: 612-625-0704


The McNair program will begin accepting applications for the 2019 cohort in fall 2018. 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.

2018 McNair scholars

View the 2018 McNair scholars. [PDF]

2018 faculty mentors


2018 Application Checklist [PDF]

2018 McNair Recommendation Form [PDF]

2018 McNair Personal Support Letter [PDF]

2018 McNair Syllabus [PDF]

Resources for current McNair Scholars

Resources for McNair Scholars interested in UMN graduate programs

McNair Program Guide [PDF]

U of M Graduate & Professional Student Advising: For Students & Faculty


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McNair Alumni

McNair Scholars, 1992-2015 [PDF]


TRIO McNair Scholars on Facebook: Keep updated about events, networking opportunities, and student and alumni news.

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!