Eligibility and Benefits


Applicants Must:

  • Be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Have completed 60 college credits by May 31st
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 (sophomore), 3.0 (junior)
  • Be a first generation college student AND a student who is defined as low-income by the U.S. Department of Education, OR of a background that is underrepresented in graduate education.
  • Underrepresented McNair Participants are defined as: African-American; American Indian/ Native Alaskan; Hispanic or LatinX; Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander


  • 10 week summer research experience
  • $3,500 stipend, plus on-campus housing and meal plan for the 10-week summer program
  • Assistance with GRE preparation
  • One-on-one faculty mentoring
  • Graduate school application preparation and fee waivers
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