Fall application season
About the McNair Scholars Program
The McNair Scholars Program prepares qualified undergraduates for entrance to a PhD program in all fields of study. The goals of the program are to increase the number of first-generation, low-income, and/or underrepresented students in PhD programs, and ultimately, to diversify the faculty in colleges and universities across the country. The McNair Scholars Program provides undergraduates with opportunities to participate in academic- year and summer research activities. McNair Scholars attend courses, seminars, and workshops on topics related to graduate school preparation; complete a research project under the guidance of a faculty mentor; and have the opportunity to present their research at local, regional, and national conferences.
- Personal and academic counseling,
- Network with faculty and graduate student mentors,
- Attend workshops on graduate admissions and funding,
- Participate in intensive GRE training,
- Attend regional and national conferences,
- Present research at conferences,
- $2,500 stipend for summer research with faculty mentor.
Who is Eligible to Participate?
An applicant for the McNair Program must either be a:
first-generation college student with demonstrated high financial need, or
member of an underrepresented group, which has traditionally been underrepresented at the graduate level (African American, Latino American, Native American).
The Applicant must also:
- be highly motivated, dedicated towards gaining a Ph.D. and teaching at the university level,
- have achieved sophomores class standing,
- be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States,
- have a minimum overall grade point average of 2.75 or better.
To learn more about the McNair program, please attend an informational session- dates listed on https://oadi.cornell.edu/programs/student-success-programs/mcnair/application-recommendation.html. Please note that this program accepts applications annually during the Fall semester.