McNair Scholars Program Information and Benefits
Purpose: To prepare eligible MU students for graduate study
Components: Research internship, travel, and graduate school preparation
Funding: U.S. Department of Education grant – one of 154 McNair programs nationwide
Travel: Funded professional or academic conference with faculty mentor throughout the United States.
Graduate School Preparation: Workshops/seminars and personal consultation related to: the application process, advanced library research, financing graduate study, graduate school survival strategies, advanced writing skills, and effective presentations.
Research Seminars: Aid in gaining a broader understanding of the research process.
GRE Test Preparation: Free preparation course, workbooks, preparation software, and fee reduction waiver.
Assistance: Help with applying to and preparing for graduate school including: developing a personal statement, free official transcripts for current scholars, use of technology including a personal computer, and one-on-one academic assistance.
Additional Benefits: Prestige, skill development (how to give talks and create a professional poster), meet top names in field, expert guidance, opportunity for fellowships nationwide designated only for McNair Scholars, faculty mentor to offer advice and networking opportunities, assistance with graduate application process, waiver of application fees to over 200 graduate schools.
1. Complete the application on the following pages.
2. Request at least two recommendations. An email link to on how to submit will be sent to you and the recommender via this form. The recommendations should be from faculty members. Should this be impossible, the recommendations can be from teaching assistants, instructors, counselors, or past or present employers. Recommendations should address these points:
The recommender may submit letters, including recommendation forms, directly online. Recommendations should be received by February 24, 2017.
3. Obtain and include income tax information. For dependent student (as determined by the Financial Aid Office) your family income tax must be submitted. For independent students (as determined by the Financial Aid Office) your personal income tax information must be submitted. Please submit this to the office (10 Arts & Science Building).
4. Personal Statement, 500 words or less. Attach your statement indicating:
5. Submit an Student Academic Profile from MyZou. Please visit http://mcnair.missouri.edu/request_record.php for assistance.
6. Find a mentor (this is optional but strongly encouraged): Visit “How to Find a Mentor” If you do not know whom to contact, call the McNair staff to assist you in locating a mentor. A file of faculty members interested in serving as mentors and their research projects are available in the McNair Scholars Office for your review. Faculty interests are also on MU departmental web pages. Contact the potential mentor(s), discuss your interests, and determine whether a mutually agreeable project can be designed. For faculty members who do not have mentor applications on file, please have them fill out and return a mentor application by the application due date.
7. Finalists will be interviewed in late March and early April. Selected applicants will be notified by mid-April.