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Published February 25, 2020
Applications are now being accepted for the University of Wyoming’s McNair Scholars Program for the spring and summer semesters.
Eligible applicants must be first-generation and income-eligible or minority students planning to pursue doctoral degrees. Applicants also must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Selection is through a competitive application process, which includes a personal statement, letters of recommendation and interviews.
Eligible undergraduate sophomores and juniors can participate in the program’s funded undergraduate research internship and graduate school preparation program. The research stipend for the summer program is $4,000.
Services provided by the program are:
-- Paid research internship with a faculty mentor.
-- Research project support.
-- Graduate Record Examination preparation classes.
-- Seminars on the culture of graduate school.
-- Assistance with graduate school applications.
-- Travel funding.
-- Academic support and tutoring.
-- Financial aid advice.
The McNair Scholars Program was initiated by U.S. Congress and established by the U.S. Department of Education in 1989. The Ronald E. McNair postbaccalaureate program is one of the federal TRIO programs. It was named in memory of astronaut and space shuttle Challenger crew member Ronald E. McNair, who was the first in his family to go to college and earned a Ph.D. in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
The UW McNair Scholars Program is funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education and has been continuously funded and active on the UW campus since 1992. Since the program's inception at UW, more than 60 UW McNair alumni earned their doctoral degrees in a wide variety of fields and disciplines.