What are the qualification to be a McNair Scholar?
The program is for undergraduate students only. We recruit students into the program as sophomores and juniors. Seniors may enroll in the program only if they will not graduate before the end of Summer 2018 or later.
Two-thirds of all McNair scholars must meet low-income and first-generation guidelines. One-third must be underrepresented in graduate school.
What does the McNair Scholars Program provide?
The program provides paid summer research and conference presentation opportunities. Sophomore scholars cannot do summer research until they gain junior status. Once McNair Scholars complete their undergraduate degrees, we will continue to serve as a support network and keep in contact with them as they go on to complete a Ph.D.
Is this program geared toward going into PhD programs only at TAMUCC?
No. While some of our scholars may enroll in graduate programs at TAMUCC, we will encourage students to consider all available options that would best fit their interests and academic goals.
Is the $2,800 for summer research a scholarship?
This is not a scholarship in the traditional sense that students receive money for tuition/fees, etc. The support provided, however, can help in much the same way as scholarships do. Scholars receive a stipend through TAMUCC payroll to work with a faculty mentor on research and that money can be used in the same way a student would use scholarship money.
Travel funds are also available which cover the costs of airfare, lodging, and meals for conferences. By attending conferences and presenting your research, you will increase your chances of getting into a doctoral program and receiving funding for your academic program.
Does it matter what my major is?
Currently, we are focusing on students from the College of Science and Engineering, College of Education, and the College of Liberal Arts. We accept only 30 students and 15 of the 30 must be from science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines. We will, on an individual basis, consider students with majors in other colleges as long as the focus is on completing a Ph.D.