UW McNair

Program Description


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

Staff Responsibilities

We are committed to sponsoring and supporting academic enrichment activities and events that will prepare you to attend graduate school and earn a doctoral degree. Our responsibilities include:

  • Regularly facilitating and improving on workshops designed to strengthen your academic skills and graduate school applications
  • Disseminating up-to-date information about new research opportunities, internships, scholarships, programs, and conferences
  • Providing individual advising and counseling for McNair Scholars
  • Facilitating and supporting the faculty mentor/student relationship
  • Assisting McNair Scholars in finding sources of financial aid
  • Consistently providing valuable educational, cultural, and social experiences for McNair Scholars

McNair Scholar Responsibilities

As a McNair Scholar, you will be expected to:

  • Attend all scheduled workshops and events
  • Maintain a GPA of at least 3.0
  • Meet regularly with your McNair Graduate Advisor
  • Participate in all required activities
  • Meet regularly with your faculty mentor
  • Complete at least one research project
  • Present your research, either at our Annual Spring Research Conference, at another McNair conference in the country, or at a professional conference in your discipline
  • Publish your research paper, either in our annual UW McNair Scholars Journal or in a peer-reviewed journal in your discipline
  • Notify McNair staff of all graduate school acceptances, rejections, and financial packages
  • Maintain contact with McNair staff after you graduate from the UW