Students must meet at least ONE of the following two requirements:

  • A *low income and **first generation college student
  • From an ***underrepresented ethnic/racial minority group

Additional eligibility requirements:

  • Full-time undergraduate student
  • Will have completed 60 credits before beginning the summer research/project
  • 2.75 GPA (preferably 3.0 GPA)
  • A citizen or permanent resident of the USA

*All Majors are Encouraged to apply*

Low Income definition for this particular program* to check if you qualify as low income, visit

** neither parent earned a bachelor degree before you turned 18.

*** African American, Latino, American Indian, Alaskan Native, Native Hawaiian, or other Pacific Islanders (American Samoa, Guam, Mariana Islands and the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands). If you are of another minority and think that you may qualify, please contact the McNair office.



  • 3 Credit Summer Tuition waiver
  • Undergraduate research experience
  • $2,400 research stipend each summer for conducting research plus an additional $400 earned allowance if in good and active standing
  • Faculty mentorship in your academic and/or research field
  • Paid travel to present your research at conference proceedings 
  • Paid travel to visit graduate schools
  • Assistance with applying to graduate school
  • GRE preparation and GRE fee reduction voucher
  • Graduate school application fee waivers 
  • Improve your candidacy for securing graduate school financial support