McNair participants are recognized throughout the nation as dedicated students who have taken extra steps in preparing themselves for the graduate and doctoral experience. Although successful completion of the McNair Program depends on personal commitment and hard work, there are many ways in which research fellows can benefit from participation:

  • Opportunity to conduct and present research during the summer and academic year under the guidance of a faculty mentor
  • Assistance in understanding the culture of graduate school, guidance in selecting the right graduate school, preparing applications, and financing graduate programs
  • Opportunities to present and publish research
  • On-going consultation and support from faculty mentors and staff to help ensure success in making the transition from undergraduate to graduate education
  • Inclusion in a national database of McNair scholars that is submitted to the majority of graduate programs within the U.S.
  • Workshops and credit courses (i.e. GRE preparation) designed to prepare scholars for postgraduate study
  • Participation in social and cultural events held throughout the year
  • Funding for graduate school visits and travel to professional conferences related to academic interests and research
  • Help in securing graduate school application fee waivers from over 600 participating institutions