Eligibility & Applications

Students who are selected for participation in the McNair Achievement Program are called McNair Scholars.

Demographic Requirements
Federal guidelines require that McNair Scholars be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. In addition, two-thirds of McNair Scholars must meet one of the following two criteria:
  • Be a first-generation college student (neither parent has received a four-year bachelor’s degree).
  • Come from a low-income family as determined by the U.S. Department of Education.
The remaining participants may be from a minority population that is underrepresented in graduate education (African American, Hispanic, or Native American).

Academic and Other Requirements
Each McNair Scholar must also:
  1. Have junior or senior standing at UWM.
  2. Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75.
  3. Agree in writing to satisfy all program requirements.
  4. Obtain two recommendations, one of which must be prepared by a faculty member.
  5. Not work or attend classes during the summer internship without prior approval from the director.

Applications — Apply now for Summer 2018!

IMPORTANT UPDATE: The 2018 Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program is accepting applications until March 30, 2018 at 5:00PM on a rolling basis until the program reaches capacity. Applications received prior to the initial deadline of: Wednesday, February 28, 2018 will receive first consideration.

Students who qualify will be selected based on their previous academic record (URPA), personal statement that explains their academic goals, and the appropriate match of student interest and faculty research.

Student Application

Faculty Mentors
Faculty mentors engage students in a summer program to conduct scholarly research and learn about the graduate application process; and 3) to help them transition into a graduate program. For eight weeks, McNair and Senior Scholar students are paired with faculty mentors that share a similar scholarly interest. Both will work on a project that either the mentor is currently pursuing or something that the student has designed. Faculty mentors must be on campus and available for student supervision and guidance throughout the eight-week internship.

Mentor Application

Return applications to the Office of Graduate Diversity and Inclusion, Mitchell 255.