McNair Scholar Experience

BENEFITS

  • Build a network of relationships with faculty, senior administrators, peers, and alumni
  • Research with a faculty member in field of interest during a fully paid on campus summer institute
  • Prepare for doctoral program admission process and enrollment
  • Access to National McNair Scholar community inclusive of other scholars, faculty, and staff
  • Demonstrate mastery of skills necessary for graduate school (e.g. writing, public speaking, presentation,  critical thinking and standardized test preparation)
  • Gain unique insight on graduate school culture, rigor, and faculty expectations, as a historically underrepresented student and or first-generation students
  • Engage in scholarly activities and professional development (e.g. conference presentations, publications, financial planning and debt management)

SERVICES

  • Pre-graduate school advising
  • Access to academic tutoring and student success coaching
  • Fee waivers for graduate school application
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) preparation and GRE Fee Waiver assistance
  • Funding for research supplies, conferences, and visits to prospective graduate school programs
  • Access to Technology Loan Program
  • Access to private study and presentation rooms including supporting technological equipment

OVERVIEW OF RONALD E. MCNAIR POSTBACCALAUREATE ACHIEVEMENT PROGRAM

ADVISING

  • Pre-graduate school advising, including academic, personal, and career
  • Strategic Goal setting for life after college and planning towards a successful graduate education
  • Graduate school planning, including program selection, compose application materials & funding opportunities, how to review offer letters and negotiation of financial package

ACADEMIC RESEARCH, WRITING, AND PRESENTATIONS

  • Research with a faculty member in academic discipline or field
  • Finding a faculty mentor
  • How to read in academic field or discipline
  • How to make and support arguments within academic field or discipline
  • How to produce quality writing in academic discipline or field
  • How to conduct research in academic field or discipline
  • How to appropriately utilize library tools and databases in academic field or discipline
  • How to communicate the value of research to broad and specific audiences
  • How to produce quality writing and presentations (include oral and poster)
  • How to give and incorporate effective feedback – writing and presentations
  • How to organize and deliver presentation and speeches
  • Deliver oral and multi-media presentations to both academic and non-academic audiences

COURSES AND WORKSHOPS

  • Basics of Research (Spring Semester, New Admits)
  • Graduate Preparation I (Fall Semester, Juniors/Continuing)
  • Graduate Preparation II (Fall Semester, Seniors/Graduating)
  • Public Speaking and Presentation Skills (i.e. academic presentations to non-academic audiences)
  • Workshops on such topics as Resume/Curriculum Vitae, Institutional Review Board (IRB), Time Management, Financial Literacy and debt management planning, Maintaining Faculty Mentor Relationships, Graduate Record Exam (GRE) preparation, and more

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

  • Negotiation and self-advocacy
  • Networking and building connections among professionals, faculty, and graduate students
  • Articulating and understanding the value of an advanced degree for self, family, and for community

MENTORSHIP AND TUTORING

  • Supplemental academic tutoring and student success coaching for current undergraduate courses
  • Empower and support McNair Scholars in their research and academic endeavors
  • Exposure to opportunities that may help strengthen their competitiveness for graduate school
  • Assist as McNair Scholars navigate the graduate school culture in classrooms and labs
  • Support McNair Scholars in research and graduate school processes that have become second nature to graduate student mentor

SOCIAL AND CULTURAL EXPERIENCES

  • Build a network of relationships with faculty, senior administrators, peers, and alumni
  • Visitation to graduate school programs, include meeting with graduate staff, faculty, and students
  • Invitation to special lectures, academics luncheons, research conferences and professional development programs
  • Exposure in cultural enrichment activities, such as theater, museums, and interactive team building activities
  • Opportunities to travel abroad and or attend unique experiential trips