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Pre-McNair Program

The McNair Scholars Program helps qualified undergraduate students prepare for admission to doctoral programs and the successful pursuit of Ph.D. degrees. Eligible students must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents who are also first-generation AND low-income OR be a member of a group traditionally underrepresented in graduate. The McNair Scholars Program provides undergraduates with research experiences, GRE preparation sessions, faculty mentoring, professional skills, and assistance with the graduate school application process at no cost to the student.

The Pre-McNair Scholars Program is designed for eligible first-year students and is a year-long commitment. Students who participate will have an advantage in the Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program application process. However, participation in Pre-McNair does not guarantee acceptance into the McNair Scholars Program.

The Pre-McNair application is available at and will close on September 25th!