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Who can apply for the McNair program?

McNair Scholars must be:

You must:

  • Be a US citizen or permanent resident 
  • Have earned 30 credits
  • Be enrolled full-time in a degree program at Morris

While some preference is given for students working in STEM fields, all majors are welcome to apply. The key criterion for a McNair Scholar is a desire to excel academically as an undergraduate, gain admission into graduate school, and persist to the PhD/EdD.  McNair does not support professional graduate pathways like, law, medical, or veterinary medicine, with the exception that they are combined with the PhD. 

How do I apply?

Complete this straightforward online application.
The deadline for all application materials is February 14, 2020.

Our recruitment focus for the spring semester is 1st and 2nd-year candidates (2022-2023 graduates).  

Submit the following offline requirements:

  • A 600-900 word personal statement that details your interest in
    academic success, desire to be involved in scholarly research, and
    motivation to obtain the PhD/EdD
  • A letter of recommendation from someone who knows you well,
    preferably a Morris faculty member (The faculty member will be provided
    instructions on how to submit the letter once you apply to the program.)
  • A signed and dated eligibility form
  • A UMM Transcript
  • A signed copy of your federal income tax form

McNair Application Checklist

The top candidates will then be invited for a short interview with McNair personnel. The spring 2020 application is now open; the deadline is February 14th, 2020. 

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