Info for Students

One of the benefits of being a McNair Scholar is getting to have a faculty mentor in your field of study. You will work with this mentor performing research, talking about graduate school, and possible opportunities in your field. You will be expected to meet with your faculty mentor on a regular basis. Their signature is needed to confirm that your work is satisfactory and complete.

If you are a student interested in becoming a McNair Scholar and have a faculty member you would like to work with that is not listed below, please contact the faculty member and the McNair Scholars Office. We will work to see if that faculty member can be available as a mentor.

Info for Faculty

Faculty mentors are needed from every field of study. As a mentor, you will work with a student and provide research experience, guidance, and assistance for the purpose of preparing the scholar for graduate study. For faculty that wish to be a mentor but do not have current funding for a student, there are stipends available through the McNair Scholars Program.

As a faculty mentor, you will be expected to meet regularly with your scholar, confirm that their work is satisfactory and complete, advise and provide feedback regarding graduate school applications, and potentially write letters of recommendation for graduate school or graduate funding. You will also supervise their research, poster creation, and research paper.

Roles of the Mentor

  • A mentor serves as a role model:
    • in the process of defining and setting professional and personal goals.
  • A mentor is a resource:
    • providing information about opportunities, procedures, methodologies, customs, and expectations of the professional and academic world.
  • A mentor is a counselor:
    • offering advice, encouragement, and feedback.
  • A mentor is an advocate:
    • with an interest in furthering the scholar’s academic and professional career.
  • The mentoring relationship provides a teacher, a sponsor, a guide, an advisor, a confidant, and a respected friend to the scholar.

If you are interested in possibly becoming a faculty mentor or would like to know more about the McNair Scholars Program, please contact the McNair Scholars Office to arrange a meeting.