Summer Research Program

The USD McNair Summer Research Program is a 10-week intensive academic experience that allows promising USD undergraduates the opportunity to explore their research inquiries, work closely with a USD faculty mentor, and learn about the doctoral career path.

USD McNair Summer Research Interns are eligible for:

  • $5000 stipend
  • Research supplies fund
  • Campus housing for duration of the Summer Research Program
  • GRE test preparation
  • GRE fee waiver or reduction

In addition to conducting full-time research, McNair Research Interns:

  • Attend the McNair Boot Camp at San Jose State University
  • Present their research at the UCSD Summer Research Conference
  • Accomplish major components of the graduate application process
  • Attend cultural and leadership events


Summer Research Proposal Process

In order to submit a proposal for the McNair Summer Research Program, you must first complete the application process to establish eligibility. After establishing eligibility for the program, you are encouraged to identify a USD faculty member to serve as your mentor throughout the research project, as well as the graduate application process. Together, you and your mentor will produce a summer research proposal. Although proposals will vary by discipline, the proposal must fully address all of the prompts listed.

McNair Summer Research Proposal Guidelines [PDF]

If you have any questions regarding the application process, please do not hesitate to contact us via email,, or via telephone at 619 260-7523.

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