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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

McNair 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 graduate school. During the 10-week summer research program students:

  • Develop a great relationship with a professor that is essential for applying to graduate school
  • Receive a $3,500 stipend
  • Conduct research with a professor
  • Develop a quality research paper
  • Receive guidance through the graduate school process (e.g. identify graduate programs, write a personal statement, create a curriculum vitae, etc.)
  • Present research at poster sessions held on campus


  • First generation college student and low-income, or from an underrepresented group
  • GPA of 2.75 and above
  • Full-time sophomore or junior and a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident
  • Students with a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics) focus are strongly encouraged to apply to the McNair Scholars Program, as are student veterans.

How to apply

  • The application deadline for summer 2018 is January 22, 2018. 
  • Attend an information session. Staff and alumni will answer questions about the program, the application process, and can provide feedback on personal statements.
  • Pick up an application from 40 Education Sciences Building, 8:30-4:00, Monday-Friday. Please ask if a McNair staff member is available, as we will be happy to meet with you.
  • Although we provide the application online, we strongly encourage coming in to discuss program questions about the application process in-person or by phone. 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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