McNair Scholars




The McNair Scholars program is a federally funded TRIO Program that provides encouragement, guidance, and mentorship to underrepresented students in preparation for graduate school. Additionally, we work closely to help students prepare for doctoral study through involvement in research and scholarly activities. The purpose of the McNair program is to assist in the academic and professional development of undergraduates whose goals are to attain a Ph.D. and complete research at the college level.




Students participating in the McNair program will have the opportunity to participate in undergraduate research, conduct a research project (led by an OSU faculty member), apply to graduate programs, and other scholarly activities such as visiting their desired graduate school, as well as attending conferences. Students will also attend workshops geared towards graduate success and preparing them to be highly competitive graduate school applicants. 



The McNair Scholars program will provide students with:

  • Participation in academic conferences
  • Networking opportunities
  • Program sponsored graduate school visits
  • Graduate support workshops
  • Mentoring with professors on campus
  • Individualized advising and career planning
  • Program sponsored scholarships
  • Financial aid assistance
  • Portfolio development
  • Assistance with applying for Competitive Research Awards
  • Graduate school preparation
  • Tutoring



To be eligible for the McNair Scholars Program, you must be at least one of the following:

  • First-generation and low-income
  • A part of an underrepresented racial/ethnic group in graduate education - those being African American/Black, American Indian/Native American, Hispanic, Native Hawaiian, Native Alaskan, or Pacific Islander

McNair Scholars Online Application

Part One:

  • Complete and submit the online McNair Scholars Program Application (the application cannot be saved and returned to at a later time).


Part Two:

  • Complete and submit the following additional documents to
    • McNair Personal Statement
    • Current Oklahoma State University Transcript (unofficial)
    • A completed copy of your most recent Federal Income Tax Return or your parents'/guardian
    • Documentation of legal residence, if not a US citizen
    • McNair Authorization for Release of Records Form
    • McNair Program Participation Agreement Form