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Scholars and mentors

Prepare effectively, go far, and enjoy the journey

We provide low-income, first-generation and/or underrepresented minority undergraduates with opportunities, such as faculty-led research projects, summer internships, professional seminars, academic counseling, mentorship, tutoring and other educational activities designed to prepare you for doctoral study. We work with you to develop and deliver competitive applications to secure admission and funding for enrollment in graduate programs. Read more about eligibility requirements. 

Why you'll love preparing for graduate school with McNair 

  • You are at the center of all that McNair does; we define our success in your ability to fulfill your goals in education, career, community, and life. 
  • We create greater access to support services designed to build an environment where students succeed at their highest level. 
  • We develop robust mentoring connections with faculty and staff so that you can benefit from mentors' support, skills, wisdom, and coaching, resulting in greater productivity in research activity, conference presentation, pre-doctoral publication, and instructional development. 
  • We can meet your evolving community and societal needs through innovative programs and partnerships that make productive use of our federally funded resources so that we can extend your reach and impact. 

We level the playing field by giving every McNair Scholar access to
scholarly activities and community engagement opportunities

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It's all about your success 

Our services offer you a wide range of benefits:

  • Access to opportunities for federally funded research internships ($2,800) with a university faculty mentor whose research interests match yours                        
  • Support from a professional McNair staff dedicated to promoting your scholarly success
  • Access to a nationwide TRiO McNair Scholars Program network
  • Assistance in presenting your research at Eastern's annual Graduate and Undergraduate Research & Creative Works Symposium and the National Conference for Undergraduate Research (NCUR), or other national conferences 
  • Feedback throughout the research and writing process
  • Support throughout the graduate school application process

McNair scholar

Our scholars love McNair

PhD scholar

Alicia Peaker, McNair Scholar 2004

"As a McNair scholar, I had my first experiences with formal mentorship. The summer grant I received from McNair allowed me to focus on drafting a strong writing sample and preparing for the rigors of graduate education while working closely with a faculty mentor." 

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The TRiO EWU Ronald E. McNair Project is 90% federally-funded by Congress through
the U.S. Department of Education at $244,188 for 2012, and 10% EWU funded at $25,000.

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