McNair Scholars

What is McNair?

The UW-Whitewater McNair Scholars Program prepares low income, first generation and/or groups underrepresented: Black (Non-hispanic), Hispanic, American Indian, Alaskan Native, Native Hawaiians, and Native American Pacific Islanders for doctoral study as well as eventual careers as faculty. This program promotes:

  • Research in scholarly activities
  • Enrollment in graduate programs
  • Coninued enrollment in graduate programs
  • Doctoral degree attainment

A central feature of the program is the mentoring provided by UW-Whitewater faculty, where each scholar recieves guidance in working on a research project, as well as regular contact with a professional role model. The research component requires each scholar to complete a research project and present that project at a professional conference. Scholars participate in a research internship during their second summer at a university, regional, or national research center.


  • First generation and low income
  • Groups under represented in graduated education (African Americans, Latinos, and Native Americans)
  • Minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA
  • Earned 60 units by the end of McNair summer experience
  • Must be a U.S. citizen, or permanent resident

Application Process

The following documents are required for application:

1. Completed McNair application form

 2. Resume 

3. Personal statement

Turn in completed materials to McCutchan Hall 219 or electronically to

Complete meeting with a McNair staff to review application materials, undergraduate research plan and graduate school plans by calling 262-472-2804.

McNair Advisory Committee will confirm prospects after formal review.

Sign McNair Scholars Program Student agreement.

Application Deadline: February 3rd, 2017


Academic Year

  1. Individual research with faculty mentor(s)
  2. Individual advising with McNair staff
  3. Prepare for graduate application
  4. Graduate school visit
  5. Mentorship/teaching practicum lecture
  6. Conferences/Presentations
    • UW-Whitewater Undergraduate Research Day-Fall & Spring
    • McNair Senior Retreat/SSS-Fall
    • McNair National Conference-Fall
    • American Muliticultural Student Leadership Conference (AMSLC) - Spring
    • The National Economic Opportunity Network (NEON) - Fall
    • National Conferences on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) - Spring
    • UW-Symposium-Spring
    • Posters in the Rotunda (PIR)-Spring

Summer Research: Seminar (First Summer)

  • Exposure to Writing Literacy
  • Exposure to Financial Literacy
  • Exposure to Technology
  • Exposure to Research Methodology
  • Exposure to Research - Ph.D. Standards
  • Graduate School Visits
  • Research Poster Presentations- On campus and off campus
  • Develop Research Proposal

Summer Research: Internship (Second Summer)

  • For Phase 2 of the summer component, McNair scholars are required to apply to an out of state summer research internship programs or research site
    Students can apply through Summer Research Opportunity Program (SROP), a direct placement, or through any other available program.
    Instructions on how to apply to these programs will be provided.