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MCNAIR SCHOLARS PROGRAM

Dr. Abu Masud, Dr. Michael Birzer, and McNair Alums: Jan Mead, Adella Rucker and Philip Pettis.

Prospective Scholars

The McNair Scholars Program is funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Federal TRIO Programs. The mission of the Program is to foster greater diversity in higher education by helping to increase the number of students from disadvantaged backgrounds who enter and complete Ph.D. programs. McNair Scholars are first-generation college students with limited income and/or members of racial/ethnic groups who are traditionally underrepresented in graduate education (African-American, American Indian/Alaskan Native, Hispanic/Latino and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander).

» Download the McNair Scholars Program application


Pre-Application Check List

Before beginning a McNair Scholar application, please answer the following questions in advance to determine whether you are eligible to participate in the Program:

  • Are you firmly committed to earning a doctoral degree (Ph.D. or Ed.D.)? If you are interested in a professional degree (such as an MD, DMD, VMD, JD or MBA) you should not apply for the Program.
  • Are you a first-generation college student whose family meets federal low-income guidelines OR are you a member of racial/ethnic group that is underrepresented in graduate education?
  • Are you a citizen or permanent resident of the United States?
  • Are you enrolled full time at Wichita State University and in pursuit of your first bachelor's degree?
  • Do you have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 or higher?
  • Will you have achieved sophomore standing by the end of the spring semester?
  • Are you willing and available to participate in regularly scheduled meetings, workshops, graduate school visits, and other activities during the regular academic year?
  • Are you willing and available to participate in the Summer Research Seminar, a three-day activity during the month of June?

If you answered "yes" to each of the bulleted questions, you are eligible to participate in the McNair Scholars Program. Please proceed with the application process.

The Program is highly selective and seeks to enroll only those academically talented applicants who are firmly committed to attaining a Ph.D. The information you provide on this application and other documents will aid the selection committee in choosing the next McNair Scholars from among many well-qualified applicants.


Qualifications

  • Completion of at least 45 credit hours
  • Currently holds and maintains a 2.75 minimum cumulative GPA at Wichita State University or 3.0 GPA in the last 60 hours of coursework
  • U.S. citizenship or permanent residency
  • Qualifies as a first-generation college student with a low-income level established by the U.S. Department of Education, or qualifies a member of a group that is underrepresented in graduate education (African-American, Hispanic/Latino-American, American Indian/Alaskan Native and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander)

A Host of Benefits

  • Research Experience
  • Graduate School Preparation
  • Faculty Mentorship
  • $2,800 Research Stipend
  • Application Fee Waivers
  • Publication Opportunity in the McNair Journal of Research Reports
  • Conference Travel
  • Professional Development
  • Spring Semester Campus Visits
  • Ongoing Advising
  • Workshops
  • Presentation Experience and Development
  • Assistance in Securing Admission and Financial Aid for Enrollment in Graduate School Programs

Services/Activities

  • Individualized counseling and personal support for graduate school preparation
  • Graduate study preparation: Meetings and seminars that dispel myths about graduate school
  • Preparation for the Graduate Record Exam (GRE)
  • Course-specific tutoring to improve research and writing skills
  • Faculty mentoring to provide guidance, enhance networking opportunities, improve communication skills, and offer support as students navigate through the graduate school process
  • Assistance researching graduate school programs and submitting quality graduate school applications
  • Assistance locating financial aid for graduate school
  • Research participation with a professor through the Research Component. Participants receive a stipend of $2,800 upon completion of 200-plus hours of research activities.
  • Annual Closing Symposium at the end of the summer
  • Opportunities to attend and present research at national, regional, and local conferences and write for scholarly publications

Definitions

First-generation college student:

  • A student, neither of whose natural or adoptive parents received a baccalaureate degree; or
  • A student who, prior to the age of 18, regularly resided with and received support from only one parent who did not receive a baccalaureate degree;
  • An individual who, prior to the age of 18, did not regularly reside with or receive support from a natural or an adoptive parent

Low-income individual:

  • An individual whose family's taxable income did not exceed 150 percent of poverty-level guidelines the calendar year preceding the year in which the individual participates in the Program. Poverty-level income is determined using criteria established by the Bureau the Census of the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Groups underrepresented in graduate education:

  • An individual belonging to the following ethnic/racial groups are currently underrepresented in graduate education: African-American/Black (non-Hispanic), Hispanic/Latino, Native American/Alaskan Native and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander.