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2020 McNair Scholars Application is OPEN!

Preparing Undergraduate Students to Pursue Doctoral Degrees

January 15, 2020 11:37 PM

Recruiting McNair Scholars!

The McNair Scholars Program focuses on the preparation of undergraduate students (who qualify as either low-income/first-generation college students or members of groups underrepresented in graduate education) to pursue doctoral degrees.

The program offers a number of benefits, such as summer and academic year research funding, assistance connecting with faculty research mentors, hands-on guidance and navigation through the graduate school application process, first-hand exposure to individuals who have earned Ph.D.’s in their field of study, and the opportunity to attend research conferences (fully funded).

Note: Rising Seniors & Rising Juniors must have had research experience and one of their recommendations must be from a faculty member (not necessarily from UMBC) who mentored them in their research experience. 

McNair Open Houses/Informational

For any students interested in the UMBC McNair Scholars Program, attend one of the open houses on Nov 18th, Dec 4th, January 29th, 12 pm - 1 pm, Sondheim 101. Missed the event(s)? Please reach out to staff to set up a 1on1 meeting.  Sign up now on the Interest Form to receive updates (

Become a McNair Mentor or Faculty Research Mentor

UMBC faculty and staff are invited to mentor a McNair Scholar. There are two options: McNair Mentor and McNair Research Mentor. For details, please read the attached Mentor Informational for McNair Scholars Program, open to UMBC faculty and staff who have a graduate degree. To apply to be a mentor, please complete the form at

For more info, review the attachments and the website link below:

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