McNair Scholars

 

WHAT IS THE MCNAIR SCHOLARS PROGRAM?

 

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.

 

WHAT DO THE STUDENTS DO?

 

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. 

 

PROGRAM SERVICES

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

 

ELIGIBILITY

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

HOW TO APPLY:

To apply please complete the online application. Your application will be thoroughly reviewed and if you meet the minimum requirements for the program, you will be contacted by the McNair Scholars program. If you would like assistance in completing your application, or to request a paper application, please contact our Assistant Director, Brett Lurkins at 405-744-3943 or by email at brett.lurkins@okstate.edu.