McNair Scholars Program – The University Graduate School

If you are a first generation college student who comes from a low income home or are a member of an underrepresented minority, please consider applying to the McNair Scholars Program


Deadline : Monday, November 3, 2014

The McNair Scholars Program is a federal program funded through the U.S. Department of Education. It is designed to prepare low income and first generation or underrepresented minority undergraduates to apply to and succeed in research-intensive doctoral degree-granting graduate programs.  The program will support you in your efforts by providing an intensive, paid research experience and numerous year-round activities and workshops. As a McNair Scholar you will join a well-recognized network of student researchers who are planning to pursue additional higher education.


The McNair Scholars Program is named in honor of Dr. Ronald E. McNair, a laser physicist and Challenger space shuttle astronaut.  McNair graduated magna cum laude from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University in 1971 and received his Ph.D. from M.I.T. in 1976.  He was selected by NASA for the space shuttle program in 1978 and was mission specialist on the successful 1984 Challenger flight before his death in the space shuttle accident in 1986.  Those who knew Ronald McNair characterized him as fearless, determined, and accustomed to applying all available resources to any problem he faced.


To apply to the McNair Scholars Program you must currently be a sophomore or junior, who will graduate no earlier than December 2015.  Please read the attached material and visit our local ( or the national ( website to learn more about the program and determine if you are eligible to apply.


The linked application materials must be completed and submitted electronically on or before the deadline date of Monday, November 3, 2014. Both the Application Form and Statement of Purpose must be submitted.  Follow the links for each of the components :

  1. McNair Application Form
  2. Statement of Purpose


Should you or your parent(s)/guardian(s) have any questions about the program, please feel free to contact Jen Barron by phone (812-855-4005) or by electronic mail (


If selected, you will receive academic and financial assistance that will ultimately help you pursue a graduate program of your choice leading to a doctoral degree.