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.

Contact person:

Mulu Lemma, Director


Eligibility Requirements:

  • 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

Application window:

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.

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