Ronald E. McNair Scholars
The McNair Scholars Program is designed to prepare low-income, first-generation and underrepresented minority students for graduate study. The program provides intensive research and scholarly engagement along with academic and financial support to sophomores, juniors, and seniors. As a McNair Scholar, you'll work with faculty mentors and have access to tutoring, research funding, GRE test preparation and application support for graduate school.
Mulu Lemma, Director
- Undergraduate student with sophomore status (30 or more semester hours completed)
- First-generation student planning on attending graduate school immediately after earning your bachelor's degree
- 2.8+ Cumulative GPA
- U.S. Citizen, Permanent Resident, or Official Refugee status
- Additional income requirements - See Eligibility page for more information
Why this program?
- Summer research internships with a generous stipend
- Six KU academic credits (three in independent study and three in research methods)
- The mentorship of a KU faculty member
- Tutoring in any course
- GRE test preparation
- Workshops on topics related to the graduate school application process
- Academic, career and personal counseling
- Individualized graduate school application assistance
- All-expense paid trips to regional and national conferences»1
- Access to photocopiers, computers, color printers, a fax machine, and office supplies
- Access to the McNair Lending Library
- The opportunity to publish their research in the Kansas McNair Journal
- The opportunity to present their research at the KU McNair Research Symposium2
- The ability to borrow technology such as laptops and digital recorders
To start the application, you must attend a pre-application information meeting. These meetings begin in September/October and continue throughout the academic year on a rolling basis.