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UW McNair



The Ronald E. McNair Program prepares undergraduates for doctoral study through involvement in research and scholarly activities. The purpose of the McNair Program is to assist in the academic and professional development of undergraduates whose goals are to teach and research at the college level. In order to help students achieve those goals, the program sponsors and supports undergraduate experiences that lay the foundation for a successful graduate school experience. By fostering mentoring relationships, promoting undergraduate research, assisting with GRE preparation, and encouraging students to attend and present at conferences, we aim to produce highly competitive graduate school applicants who have the skills and experiences necessary to succeed in their programs.

Benefits for McNair Scholars

The McNair Program offers a challenging and supportive environment that is conducive to learning and personal/professional development.

As a McNair Scholar, you will receive the following benefits:

  • The academic and personal support of the McNair Graduate Advisors
  • A research stipend to complete an original research project
  • Publication in the UW McNair Scholars Journal
  • Faculty, graduate student, and peer mentoring
  • Opportunities to participate in research conferences
  • Funding to travel to research conferences and visit graduate schools
  • Workshops on the graduate school application process, financial aid, scholarships and fellowships, the culture of graduate school, and summer research internships
  • Personal assistance in locating graduate schools, applying, and gaining admission to graduate school
  • A month-long GRE preparation course
  • Access to GRE preparation software
  • Access to tutoring and the OMA Instructional Center


Contact us today!

173G Mary Gates Hall Box 352803 University of Washington Seattle, WA 98195-1271 Phone: 206-543-6460 Fax: 206-543-2746 uwmcnair@uw.edu

The University of Washington McNair Scholars Program is a TRIO Program funded by the United States Department of Education, and the University of Washington, and the UW Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity(OMAD).