MCNAIR SCHOLARS PROGRAM
The McNair Scholars Program, a TRIO program funded primarily through a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, prepares eligible students for successful entry into and completion of doctoral degree programs. Participants benefit from the following program components:
- Funded research internship resulting in research experience, mentoring by a faculty researcher, a written research report, publication in the University of Alabama McNair Journal, and research presentation opportunities
- Seminars (NEW 223 and UH 305) designed to provide knowledge and skills in a variety of areas to strengthen personal, academic, and research competencies vital to success in graduate programs
- Individualized support services in the areas of personal, financial, academic, and career advising
- Assistance and guidance in developing an effective graduate school admissions plan and materials
- Networking opportunities with faculty and student researchers on the UA campus and across the nation
- Participation in selected travel and cultural events
- Listing in a national directory made available to graduate schools nationally, for their use in recruiting Scholars as prospective graduate students
- Access post-baccalaureate to selected opportunities and benefits designated for McNair Scholar alumni only
An undergraduate student who is a U.S. citizen or permanent resident and meets the following criteria is eligible to submit an application: (a) has completed at least 60 hours of coursework, (b) has at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA, (c) and is either a first-generation college student who meets income requirements established by the U.S. Department of Education or a member of a group that is underrepresented in graduate education. Applications are typically submitted during fall semester, by the first Friday in November. A panel composed of University faculty, staff, and McNair Scholars/alumni reviews applications, interviews finalists, and selects 12 new McNair Scholars to begin the program each January. A total of 25 students, in overlapping cohorts, are served each year.
For more information, contact the McNair Scholars Program, The University of Alabama, 303 Lloyd Hall, Box 870337, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0337; (205) 348-0572; fax (205) 348-0447; also visit the programís Web site at http://graduate.ua.edu/mcnair/.