McNair Scholars Program

What is Discovery?

Discovery - Early Exposure to Graduate Studies is a program that helps participants to:

  • examine graduate education opportunities and career trends
  • discover the benefits of pursuing an advanced degree in their particular fields
  • explore strategies for academic success both as an undergraduate and a graduate student
  • and learn about paid summer research opportunities

The Discovery Program prepares students for the McNair Scholars Program application process; a program that prepares talented eligible juniors and seniors for graduate studies through a series of activities during their paid research internship.

Am I Eligible?

The eligibility for the Discovery program is the same eligibility for the McNair Scholars Program:

  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Freshman or sophomore with a cumulative GPA of 2.8 or above
  • And qualify as either:
    • A first generation college student [custodial parent(s) has not received a bachelor’s degree or higher] who also has a specified income level and/or
    • A member of a group underrepresented in graduate education; (American Indian, Black/African-American, Hispanic or Latino/a, Native/Pacific Islander, or Alaskan Native)

How Can I Get Involved?

Fill out the brief online application. In general, our meetings are one hour, once a month. This small time commitment can provide large dividends! We'll then contact you and continue on from there. Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

For more information contact:

McNair Scholars Program
10 Arts & Science Building

Columbia, MO 65211
(573) 882-1962