Invitation to Join the McNair Scholars Program
Have you ever thought about going to graduate school or getting a PhD degree? If you have, then we would like to invite you to consider what the McNair Scholars Program has to offer to help you achieve these goals.
Ronald E. McNair soared to new heights as a NASA astronaut and you too can take your educational experience to new levels. If you are chosen to become a McNair Scholar you will be eligible to receive a stipend of up to $2800. You will have the opportunity to conduct research with a faculty member and practice your presentation skills by presenting at conferences. As a McNair Scholar you will also be exposed to many other activities that will help prepare you for graduate school, including academic and career counseling, workshops on research and graduate admission processes, as well as how to find sources of financial assistance.
If you are interested in the program please come by our office in LIBR 220 or call 361-825-3835.
For each McNair program, at least two-thirds of the participants must be low-income and first-generation college students. The remaining participants may be from groups that are underrepresented in graduate education. Students must meet the following requirements:
- Low income as defined by the US Dept. of Ed. AND First-generation, OR Member of an underrepresented group in graduate education - Black (non-Hispanic), Hispanic, and American Indian/Alaskan Native.
- Minimum cumulative 2.8 GPA, enrolled full-time and in good standing with the university.
- Minimum sophomore standing and declared major in the College of Liberal Arts or the College of Science and Technology. (Other majors may be considered on an individual basis.)
- US Citizenship, permanent residency or resident/citizen of US protectorates.
- Desire to pursue a PhD after graduation. This program is not geared toward students who plan to pursue degrees in medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, or law.
Freshmen and Sophomore students who have not yet met all of the requirements to enter the program may be designated as McNair Rising Scholars and participate in a number of activities that will prepare them for full participation in the Research Experience when they have earned junior standing and help them begin to explore possibilities for graduate education.
For admission Fall 11 you must be scheduled to graduate from the university Summer 2012 or later.
In order to be considered for entry into the program, the following must be submitted:
- Completed application.
- Copies of most recent Federal Income Tax Return and SAR.
- Two faculty recommendations submitted in sealed envelopes.
- Personal statement? addressing future academic goals.
Once we have determined if you meet the eligibility requirements for the program, your file will be presented to the McNair Advisory Committee. The committee will choose candidates to interview to determine final acceptance.
Students who apply October 3, 2011 will be notified by October 31, 2011.
More information and application forms can be found at mcnair.tamucc.edu.