Prospective Scholars

The Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program (McNair Scholars Program) is a federal TRIO program funded across the United States and Puerto Rico by the U.S. Department of Education. The McNair Program is designed to prepare undergraduate students for doctoral studies through involvement in research and other scholarly activities. McNair Scholars are either first-generation college students with financial need, or members of a group that is traditionally underrepresented in graduate education and have demonstrated strong academic potential.

The goal of the McNair Scholars Program is to increase the diversity of graduate degree holders, and faculty, over time. The McNair Scholars Program is research-focused and therefore not intended if you wish to pursue a professional degree like medicine, law, or business management.

What You Get

  • McNair Summer Research Internship:
    • 8 weeks of paid research at MTU
    • Free Room and Board
  • Stipend for undergraduate research with a professor during academic year
  • Mentoring provided by MTU faculty and McNair staff
  • Supported attendance at national and regional research conferences
  • Faculty and McNair staff-led seminars to assist with graduate school preparation
    • Application assistance including fee waivers
    • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) preparation
    • Counseling to identify financial aid for graduate school, including assistantships and fellowships
    • Campus visits to other graduate school programs
  • Many more opportunities available

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