Our Mission is Simple
We link academic excellence and social diversity to transform personal and academic goals into a successful future.
Our mission is to select the best students and provide them every opportunity to realize their potential and fulfill their dreams. The best way to reach that goal is simple: select exceptional faculty mentors, provide outstanding academic support, and create graduate education opportunities so that limitation has no place.
This ideal is an essential part of the way we do business at the McNair Scholars Program. Our commitment to this ideal is renewed every day.
It is a commitment expressed in the diversity of the McNair students. We are proud of our students’ diverse academic interests, career aspirations, and ethnic and cultural backgrounds. As Malcolm X once said, “The future belongs to those who prepare for it today.” Here at the McNair Scholars Program, the future belongs to our students.
McNair Scholars at UNC:
- Participate in
- a two-semester research seminar (2 credits each semester)
- a 6-week summer research internship
- a one-semester graduate school preparation course (1 credit)
- workshops and events intended to introduce them to academic culture, celebrate accomplishments, and encourage continued personal, professional, and academic development
- Develop individual success plans to help achieve undergraduate and graduate academic goals
- Design and complete independent research projects topics of their choice with guidance from faculty mentors and McNair staff
- Deliver poster and oral presentations at local, regional and national conferences
- Publish their research in UNC’s Undergraduate Research Journal
- Receive guidance in crafting curriculum vitas and graduate admissions essays, identifying internship opportunities, and identifying sources of funding for graduate programs
- Receive assistance in preparing for graduate admissions exams
- Receive financial assistance to support completion and presentation of research, participation in the summer research internship, graduate admissions exams, and the graduate application process