Prospective Students

McNair Scholars are encouraged to work 1 on 1 with a faculty mentor of their choice, in order to produce a sustainable research project. It is highly recommended that this research project correlate to your intended field of interest for graduate studies. McNair Scholars enjoy the privilege of traveling to other universities around the nation, participating and presenting in national McNair research conferences and attending national McNair student development opportunities. In addition, McNair Scholars benefit from professional development training opportunities through a series of preparatory seminars.

The McNair Scholars Program is a valuable resource at USD that provides high achieving undergraduate students with an opportunity to gain professional experiences in their academic field. Your commitment to research and scholarly development is essential to your participation in the program.

Services include:

  • Faculty mentoring
  • Academic advising
  • Graduate application advising
  • 8-10 week summer research program
  • Housing for duration of summer research program
  • Research supplies fund
  • GRE test preparation
  • GRE fee waiver or reduction
  • Graduate school application fee waivers
  • Research training and scholarly seminars
  • Leadership and cultural events
  • Tutoring
  • Graduate school visits
  • Funding to attend national conferences
  • Assistance in securing graduate funding and financial aid

To apply, please complete, sign and return the application to Barcelona Building Suite 301.