McNair Scholars Program

McNair Scholars Program
12 students, professional attire, 2023 McNair summer cohort


The McNair Scholars Program is a federally-funded TRIO program administered by the U.S. Department of Education striving to prepare talented, highly motivated UNH undergraduates for entrance to PhD programs in all fields of study. The program aims to promote and nurture the next generation of faculty, researchers, and scholars by providing academic and social support services in the form of academic year internships and summer research fellowships.

We're still accepting fall applications - Apply today!

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  • Tan Dao, 2020 McNair Cohort

    Congratulations to 2021 graduate, Tan Dao for receiving an NSF GRFP from Harvard University!

  • Tori Schofield

    Tori Schofield, 2021 McNair Scholar, co-authored research article "Engaging Undergraduate Students in Forensic Anthropology Research During Times of Restricted Lab Access: The Efficacy and Importance of Student-Led Surveys" that was recently published in UC Irvine's Teaching & Learning Anthropology Journal.

  • Recent doctoral graduate Stephanie Yee

    2016 graduate Stephanie Yee just received her PhD in Counseling Psychology from the University of Maryland, College Park. Yee will begin teaching at Maryland this summer and has begun work at a private practice.

  • Julian Maduro

    2021 Graduate, Julian Maduro has also been published in the spring 2022 issue of the UNH Inquiry Journal. Julian's research explores the diversity of New Hampshire high school reading lists and how the titles on these lists may impact student engagement. Congrats, Julian!

  • Steven Arias

    McNair alum Steven Arias (UNH '16) becomes the first UNH student to win an award from the Department of Energy's Offie of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) program. Learn More


2023 McNair fall Calendar

  • CALLING ALL ALUMNI! If you were a McNair scholar who graduated between 2012 and 2022, we need your help! Please fill out the McNair Survey for Past Participants to help increase the chances of securing funding for future generations of McNair scholars. We appreciate you!
  • 2023 McNair Scholar, MaryRose Wainaina
    University of New Hampshire McNair Scholar, 2023 Major: Political Science & International Affairs Mentor: Dr. Jeannie Sowers Research Title: Social Movements in Iran Since the Green Movement of 2009 Abstract: Iran had repeatedly been in the headlines for much of 2022 due to human rights violations, discrimination of ethnic groups, and drastic regime changes. With the age of…
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  • 2023 McNair Scholar, Isabella Thomson
    University of New Hampshire McNair Scholar, 2023 Major: Anthropology & Classics Mentor: Dr. Jack Biggs Research Title: Determining the History and Origin of an Altered Human Femur for Repatriation: Cultural Artifact or a Product of Dark Tourism? Abstract: A human femur that was cut and painted post-mortem was accepted by the former State Archaeologist and is now housed at the…
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  • 2023 McNair Scholar, Jasmine Rodriguez
    University of New Hampshire McNair Scholar, 2023 Major: Sociology & Justice Studies Mentor: Dr. Karen van Gundy Research Title: An Analysis of Religious Coping Mechanisms Concerning the Black-White Paradox: A Look at Miami-Dade County Young Adults from 1998-2002 Abstract: The broad issue we are going to be studying is the Black-White paradox in mental health. More specifically,…
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  • 2023 McNair Scholar, Eryn Poulin
    University of New Hampshire McNair Scholar, 2023 Major: English Literature Mentor: Dr. Elizabeth Moschella-Smith Research Title: Understanding the Impacts of COVID-19 on Group Home Staff: The Role of Burnout and Secondary Traumatic Stress Abstract: At group homes for youth in the foster care system, staff members undertake a myriad of responsibilities (e.g. organizing day-to-day…
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  • 2023 McNair Scholar, Ama Owusu
    University of New Hampshire McNair Scholar, 2023 Major: Social Work Mentor: Dr. Ngozi Enelamah Research Title: Mental Health Effects of Camouflaging in Neurodivergent College Students & Differences Based on Gender Identity Abstract: Those with autism or those who are considered neurodivergent tend to experience very severe psychiatric comorbidities due to their conscious or…
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Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement programs are designed to encourage high achieving underrepresented undergraduates to consider careers in college teaching as well as prepare for doctoral study. Students who participate in this program are provided with research opportunities and faculty mentors. Learn more about TRiO

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