Undergraduate Ronald E. McNair Post Baccalaureate Achievement Program

Undergraduate Ronald E. McNair Post Baccalaureate Achievement Program

The McNair Scholars Program is a Federal TRiO program designed to prepare students from low income, first generation and traditionally underrepresented groups for doctoral studies. McNair Scholars participate in courses, seminars and workshops on topics related to graduate school preparation, complete a paid research experience under the guidance of a faculty mentor, and have the opportunity to present their research at local, regional or national conferences. The McNair program staff works closely with students as they complete their undergraduate requirements and graduate school applications.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants qualify to apply to the McNair Program if they

  • Intend to pursue a Ph.D. (professional degrees such as an MD, JD, MBA, PharmD, etc. are not eligible)
  • Are US citizen or US permanent resident
  • Are rising juniors or rising seniors by Summer 2019 term and have completed minimum 60 credits of undergraduate courses by the time of the start of their Summer Research Project/Internship.
  • Major in Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math (STEM) degree program
  • Have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.00 scale)
  • Rising seniors must identify a faculty mentor at the time of the application
  • Be either low income* (based on family size and taxable income) and first generation college students (neither parent or legal guardian has a Bachelor’s degree) and /or a member of a group traditionally under-represented in higher education (e.g., African- American, Latino/Hispanic, Native American, Pacific Islander, or student with disability).

*To find out the low income guidelines established by the Department of Education go to: http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ope/trio/incomelevels.html

Program Benefits

  • A summer stipend for Research Project/Internship
  • Opportunity to conduct research under the supervision of FIU Faculty mentor or at an external REU
  • Funding for materials and supplies for research project/ internship (where applicable)
  • Travel funding to McNair and discipline specific conferences across the country
  • Academic, personal, and career counseling
  • Graduate school preparatory workshops and seminars
  • Free GRE preparation
  • GRE Fee Waiver (where applicable)
  • Graduate School Application Fee Waivers (where applicable)

Application Requirements:

ALL REQUIRED DOCUMENTS SHOULD BE SUBMITTED AS PDFs

  • Brief essay (1000 words or less) describing your interest in becoming a McNair Fellow and how it will assist you with the goal of obtaining a PhD.
  • Research abstract (150 word max) describing the objectives and the hypothesized outcomes of the proposed study. Please include the title and the name of the name of your faculty advisor/mentor (if available)
  • A copy of unofficial transcripts from Florida International University and other schools attended
  • A copy of your Free Application for Student Aid (FASFA)
  • A copy of your parent’s income tax return, if applicable
  • A copy of your income tax return, if applicable
  • Complete response to supplemental questions in AcademicWorks
  • Two letters of Recommendations from faculty submitted in the AcademicWorks system. Recommendation Request for the McNair Program will only go out to your recommender once you fully submit your application. (Recommendation Letters due no later than January 30, 2019).

Priority will be given to early applicants

Award
Varies
Deadline
11/30/2018
Supplemental Questions
  1. Undergraduate Education
    • Have you recieved a bachelors degree?
    • If yes, are you pursuing a second undergraduate major?
    • What is your expected graduation date? ( Month, Year)
  2. Graduate Studies
    • If you intend to apply to graduate school, what is your expected date of matriculation? (Month, Year)
    • What is your proposed field of graduate study?
  3. Upload a brief essay (1000 words or less) that includes: your motivation for becoming a McNair Fellow and why you should be selected, your academic and career interests, how will becoming a McNair fellow assist you with your goals, why you think obtaining a Ph.D. is essential to your interest and what you hope to contribute to society by obtaining a Ph.D. (All documents should be submitted as PDF)
  4. Upload an Abstract. Make sure to state your research topic, the name of your faculty advisor/mentor, and a research abstract. Be sure to include the objectives of the study and the hypothesized outcomes of the study in your abstract. (150 word max) (All documents should be submitted as PDF)
  5. Would you be interested in an out-of-state summer research experience? ( If you select "Yes" we will reach out, on your behalf, to partnering Universities from across the country to offer you an outside research experience over the Summer)
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