February 20, 2017

McNair Scholars application deadline is March 9

Faculty and staff are encouraged to submit names of undergraduate students they believe would be a good fit for the university’s McNair Scholars program. The deadline for submission is March 9. 

Funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, the program prepares undergraduate students for graduate school through research and scholarly activities. The program links students to faculty members who provide intensive hands-on, mentored research experiences for eight weeks during the Summer Research Institute. The program selects 29 students each year. 

Scholars receive a $2,800 research award and participate in workshops, classes, graduate school visits, conferences, and personal and professional development activities throughout the school year. The program serves first generation, low- income students regardless of their ethnicity, and students underrepresented in graduate education including women in certain STEM fields. All participants must have a minimum 2.7 GPA, be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, and completed at least 56 hours of coursework. 

Please forward the name of a student who might fit the program to rseymour@siu.edu, or provide the student an application to fill out. An application and other information is available here

The McNair Scholars Program is named for the late Ronald E. McNair, a physicist and astronaut who died in the 1986 explosion of the space shuttle Challenger.