McNair Scholars Program

The McNair Scholars Program


The McNair Scholars Program is a comprehensive program structured to prepare undergraduates for successful careers as graduate students, professors, and professional researchers. This preparation is offered in the form of classes, colloquia, advising, tutoring, faculty mentoring, and the completion of a summer Research Internship.

The Ronald E. McNair Scholars Achievement Program is a TRIO Program funded by a grant from the federal Department of Education to prepare talented undergraduates for graduate study, with the goal of increasing the number of Ph.D.-holders from underrepresented socio-economic and ethnic groups.

McNair Scholars receive advice and assistance in preparing themselves academically for graduate school, searching for graduate programs to apply to, completing the application process, and deciding what program to enter. The centerpiece of the program is a summer research internship under the guidance of SMU faculty mentors. Scholars conduct original research, write reports, create presentations, and have the opportunity to attend research conferences.

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Apply now to engage in the full McNair Scholar Experience 

  • Work with faculty mentor whose research interest are related
  • Write a paper based on the intern’s research results, which will be published in the McNair Scholars Journal Develop and electronic, oral and research poster to be reviewed for McNair Symposium Stipend awarded Spring Application Deadline Date: