Prospective Participants

McNair studentIf you’re considering going to graduate school, the McNair Scholars Program can help you get there.


We offer a two-year comprehensive program designed to prepare you for successful entry into, and eventual completion of a doctoral program of study. The McNair Scholars Program prepares students for success in graduate school by offering these benefits:

Year One Program Services:

    1. McNair Research Seminar (fall and spring semesters, 2 credits each semester) – Enroll in a research methods course taught by McNair staff designed to introduce you to graduate research and support you through your own research process.
      • Individual Success Plan – Work with McNair staff to develop a success plan based on your personal, professional, and academic needs to help you achieve you goals.
      • Independent Research Project - design and conduct an independent research project on the topic of your choice over the course of the academic year with assistance from McNair staff, a faculty mentor, and additional campus resources.

      Curious what kind of research our scholars are doing? See the Current Participants page, and read abstracts of completed research here.

      • UNC students and facultyFaculty Mentor – Select a faculty mentor from your field of interest to help you develop and complete an independent research project on the topic of your choice.
      • Financial assistance to support completion of your independent research project.
    2. Peer-Reviewed Publication – Publish your completed research in the McNair Scholars Edition of the Undergraduate Research Journal at UNC, a faculty-reviewed yearly publication of all McNair projects that meet publication standards.
    3. Conference Presentations – Present your research at local, regional, and/or national conferences.
    4. Cultural Events and Celebrations – Attend cultural events designed to introduce you to academic culture and celebrations to recognize your success.
    5. Summer Research Internship – Participate in a 6-week residential summer internship (room-and-board provided), including visits to local graduate programs.
    6. Graduate Admissions Exam Preparation – Attend workshops to prepare you for graduate admissions exams.

Year Two Program Services:

    1. McNair Research Competition – Submit your completed research project to compete for a research scholarship (first place - $1,000, 2nd place - $600, 3rd place - $400).
    2. McNair Postbaccalaureate Preparation Seminar (fall semester, 1 credit)
      • Develop a Graduate Admissions Success Plan – a detailed plan designed to streamline the graduate admissions process, identify appropriate graduate programs, and ensure that you meet all deadlines.
      • Receive Curriculum Vita and Graduate Admissions Essay assistance – learn to craft a vita and admissions essay to get the attention of graduate admissions committees and maximize your chance for acceptance into the graduate program of your choice.
      • Receive information about financial assistance, networking, and other advice to help you successfully navigate graduate school (and beyond)!
    3. Financial assistance to support the graduate application process.
    4. Graduate Admissions Fee Waivers - Become eligible for admissions fee waivers from approximately 175 graduate programs nationwide.



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University of Northern Colorado
Greeley, CO 80639

(970) 351-1920 (office)
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McNair Scholars Edition of the Undergraduate Research Journal has been published!