Apply to be a McNair Scholar

Application deadline: Tuesday, February 1, 2022

Program at-a-glance

The goal of McNair Scholars is to give undergraduate students intensive, faculty-driven research experiences and prepare students for entry into and success in graduate school.

Through a 10-week summer research program combined with academic year programming and advising, McNair Scholars will:

  • Work with a University faculty mentor with similar research interests
  • Receive a $3,500 stipend
  • Earn three course credits (EDHD 3300: Engaging the Research Process)
  • Learn how to develop a quality research paper
  • Receive help with the graduate school application process (i.e. identify graduate programs, write a personal statement, and create a curriculum vitae)
  • Present research at poster sessions
  • And most importantly, develop a great relationship with a professor, which can be an invaluable asset in getting admitted to graduate school
McNair scholars and faculty mentors
2019 scholars and mentors


  • First-generation college student and income eligible, or from an underrepresented group
  • Full-time sophomore or junior
  • U.S. citizen or a U.S. permanent resident
  • GPA of 2.75 and above
  • Strong writing skills and academic performance in major courses
  • 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, Rochester), and Minnesota colleges and universities that do not have their own McNair program.
  • Students from all majors are encouraged to apply, including students with STEM focus

How to apply

The McNair program is accepting applications for the Summer 2022 cohort.

Attend an information session. Staff and alumni will answer questions about the program, the application process, and can provide feedback on personal statements.

Although we provide the application online, we strongly encourage you to join a virtual information session or to connect with us through email ( to discuss the program and/or questions about the application process. Through these discussions, we can provide tips on applying, including writing a strong personal statement and requesting faculty recommendations.

If you are not on the University of Minnesota campus, please contact Anthony Albecker,

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