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McNair Scholars

Mission

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.

View the 2017 McNair Scholars

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Contact

McNair staff

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

Apply

The McNair program is accepting applications for the 2017 cohort. 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.

Faculty

  • 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.

2017 faculty mentors

Resources

2016 Application Checklist [PDF]

2016 McNair Recommendation Form [PDF]

2016 McNair Personal Support Letter [PDF]

2017 McNair Syllabus [PDF]

Resources for current McNair Scholars

Resources for McNair Scholars interested in UMN graduate programs

Resources for faculty mentors [PDF]

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

Alumni

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McNair Alumni

McNair Scholars, 1992-2015 [PDF]

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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!