Prospective Students

As a McNair Scholar you are part of a select group of USD students who receive professional development services and training in research. McNair Scholars selected to participate in the McNair Summer Research Program will work individually with a faculty mentor of their choice to develop an ambitious research project. The 10-week research program consists of individual research, professional and identity development workshops, and GRE preparation. All McNair Summer Scholars receive a $5000 stipend and are eligible for paid summer housing.


The McNair Summer Research Program is only the beginning of your development as a McNair Scholar. We provide comprehensive support throughout the academic year and through your graduate application process. McNair services include:

  • Specialized mentoring provided by a faculty mentor in your selected academic field
  • Intensive academic, career, and financial advising
  • Assistance in securing admission and financial aid for enrollment in graduate programs
  • Travel funding to participate in national research conferences and graduate school visits
  • Paid summer research
  • Funds for research supplies
  • Tutoring to help you master course content
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) preparation
  • Graduate school application fee waivers
  • Leadership and cultural activities

Learn more about the application process.