Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program (McNair Scholars Program) Student Application

The deadline for students that have not completed their application or submitted required materials has been extended to Thursday, December 8th. Please submit these items now to be considered for admission into McNair forthe 2022-2023 program year. Any application that was not originally submitted prior to November 30, 2022 will not be considered.

The McNair Scholars Program is a federal TRIO grant funded by the United States (U.S.) Congress and facilitated by the U.S. Department of Education, and currently located at 187 institutions across the country. It is designed to prepare undergraduate participants for doctoral studies through involvement in research, professional development, and scholarly activities. The McNair Scholars Program carries the mission of increasing the representation of first-generation, low-income, and racial/ethnic minority students within graduate education and the PhD. The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee is one of the first 14 institutions to be awarded the McNair grant, having received grant funding since 1991.

  • Applicants must be enrolled full-time in the undergraduate division at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and meet minimum eligibility criteria to receive an application review. Submissions are reviewed by a committee and admission is provided to no more than 15 students.
  • Participation in the McNair Scholars Program begins in the Spring semester in the academic year prior to graduation. Students admitted to the UWM McNair Scholars Program must attend two Spring semester courses: 1) McNair Graduate Research Seminar (Fridays 8:30 am-10:00 am) This course requires a 1-credit enrollment via PAWS, cost of enrollment is covered by the UWM McNair Scholars Program; 2) McNair Graduate School Workshop (Fridays 10:30 am-12:00 pm) This course is required to complete eligibility for full McNair participation.
  • Participants are required to engage with all programming each term from admission into the program until receipt of the bachelor’s degree. Summer programming entails a full-time research internship. All participants who complete the summer component and are on track to fulfill all program requirements are granted a summer stipend, graduate school application fee waivers, and a reduction in the cost of the GRE.
  • All participants, called McNair Scholars, develop their research project and grow their overall academic agenda under the guidance of a UWM faculty member, who are referred to as McNair Faculty Mentors. McNair Scholars are directed to identify the faculty member of their choosing, which should be an Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, or Professor in the student’s research area. The prospective McNair Faculty Mentor will need to submit a separate application by February 1, 2023. 

Students receive a stipend of $2,800 for participating in a 10-week summer program.
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Supplemental Questions
  1. What are your academic and professional/career goals? How does participation in the McNair Scholars Program direct you to accomplish them?
  2. How will a PhD support those professional/career goals?
  3. What is your primary phone number?
  4. Do you plan to apply to graduate school?
  5. What is your ultimate academic degree goal?
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