McNair Applications due April 1st

If you know any of our UW undergraduate students meet the eligibility criterion below, we encourage application to the McNair Scholars Program.  The Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program prepares undergraduates for doctoral study through involvement in research and scholarly activities (This includes minimum $2,800 research stipend).  For more information please go to:

You will find the online application in printable PDF in:

We will accept applications anytime until the final deadline on Friday, April 1, 2011 by 5pm.

In order to apply for the McNair Program, you must meet the following eligibility criteria, set by the U.S. Department of Education. Because this is a federally funded program, these are strict requirements.

To be eligible, you:

  • must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • must be a low-income student who is also a first-generation college student (for detailed descriptions, click on the links); or
    must be a member of a group that is underrepresented in graduate education (African American, American Indian/Alaskan Native, Hispanic/Latino, or Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander)
  • must be currently enrolled as an undergraduate in a degree program at the UW1
  • must have completed 36 credits by the time of initial entry into the program
  • must have at least one year remaining before graduation (i.e., if you are graduating within the year, you are not eligible for the program)
  • must have a minimum cumulative GPA of: 2.8 (sophomores), 3.0 (juniors), 3.2 (seniors)
  • must express STRONG desire to attain a Ph.D.2

1Post-baccalaureate students and students who already have one bachelors degree are not eligible for the program.
2Students whose career goals include a medical (MD) or other professional degree (JD, MBA, PharmD, etc.) are not eligible for the program.

We will accept applications anytime until the final deadline on Friday, April 1, 2011 by 5pm.