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 g.p.a
- Earned 60 units by the end of summer 2015
- Must be a U.S. citizen, or permanent resident
McNair Application Process
1.Turn in the following documents: completed McNair application form, resume and personal statement to: 219 McCutchan Hall or electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org.
2.Complete meeting with a McNair staff to review application materials, undergraduate research plan and graduate school plans by calling 262-472-2804.
3.McNair Advisory Committee will confirm prospects after formal review.
4.Sign McNair Scholars Program Student agreement.
Key Components (Requires two years)
- Individual research with faculty mentor(s)
- Individual advising with McNair staff
- Prepare for graduate application
- Graduate school visit
- Mentorship/teaching practicum lecture
- 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
- Posters in the Rotunda (PIR)-Spring
Summer Component (Phase One): Research Seminar
- 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 Component (Phase Two): Research internship
- 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.