Shaping the Future

Originally published December 2023:


The McNair Scholars Program provides enriching experiences that prepare for doctoral study first generation students and students who are members of groups underrepresented in graduate education. Scholars receive stipends to conduct research and engage in other scholarly activities with faculty mentors.  

“McNair has taught me some of the secrets of academia,” said junior John Martin, a dual major in economics and mathematics. “The program also offers a feeling of togetherness that is hard to come by when you are an undergraduate hoping to pursue a PhD. McNair surrounds me with individuals coming from similar backgrounds who want to persevere the same as me.” 

Martin encourages prospective scholars to build connections with McNair staff. “Ask about what they look for in their scholars and what you can do to improve your resume for when you do apply,” Martin said. “I would also encourage you to join the Office of Academic Access and Leadership Development’s  Discover Program, a pathway program for McNair that offers a similar breadth of opportunities but without the research component.”