Undergraduate Ronald E. McNair Post Baccalaureate Achievement Program

The McNair Scholars Program is a Federal TRIO program designed to prepare students from low income, first-generation and traditionally underrepresented groups for doctoral studies.

McNair Scholars participate in courses, seminars and workshops on topics related to graduate school preparation, complete a paid research experience under the guidance of a faculty mentor and have the opportunity to present their research at local, regional or national conferences.

The McNair program staff works closely with students as they complete their undergraduate requirements and graduate school applications.

Eligibility Criteria
Applicants qualify to apply if they:

  • Intend to pursue a Ph.D. (professional degrees such as an MD, JD, MBA, PharmD, etc. are not eligible).
  • Are U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident.
  • Are rising juniors or rising seniors by Summer 2021 term and have completed a minimum 60 credits of undergraduate courses by the time of the start of their Summer Research Project/Internship.
  • Major in a science, technology, engineering, psychology or math (STEM) degree program. STEM minors considered with STEM-based research.
  • Have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0.
  • Be either low income* and first-generation college students and/or a member of a group traditionally under-represented in higher education.

*To find out the low-income guidelines established by the Department of Education go to: http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ope/trio/incomelevels.html.

For more information and to apply, visit FIU AcademicWorks.