Frequently Asked Questions

McNair FAQ
What is the McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program?

The McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program was designed to assist undergraduate students prepare for doctoral studies through various scholarly activities. It is one of several Federal TRIO Programs.

What is TRIO?

The Federal TRIO Programs are educational opportunity outreach programs designed to motivate and support students from disadvantaged backgrounds. TRIO includes six outreach programs targeted to serve and assist low-income, first-generation, and disabled students progress through the academic pipeline from middle school to postbaccalaureate programs. In addition to McNair, the following are TRIO Programs: Educational Opportunities Centers, Student Support Services, Talent Search, Upward Bound, and Upward Bound Math/Science.

What is expected of McNair Scholars?

You will be expected to take this opportunity seriously and to capitalize on the opportunities afforded. You will be expected to attend all seminars, meet with your faculty mentor and program personnel. You will be expected to meet ALL deadlines in the schedule.

What if seminars and meetings conflict with other obligations?

You are provided dates of activities and asked to carefully check it against your personal schedule. Because you must "be there" to benefit from the McNair activities, you will be expected to clear other obligations in order to attend all program activities.

What benefits do I receive for being a part of the McNair Scholars Program?

As a McNair Scholar, you will receive research opportunities, have a faculty mentor, be a part of seminars and workshops, participate in a summer research internship, receive academic counseling, aid in obtaining financial assistance for graduate education as well as free tutoring help in any of your classes.

What kind of research are McNair Scholars involved in?

The Scholars research in many areas, including methods such as scientific lab experiments, critical reviews, and surveys. You will work with a faculty member to complete your research and prepare it for presenting.

Do I have to attend graduate school at UC?

No. McNair scholars apply to and are accepted by graduate schools across the nation. In fact, many institutions offer perks to McNair Scholars such as scholarships or application fee waivers.

How do I apply?

You may apply to the Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program through the Undergraduate Research Online Application website. You are required to complete the application in one sitting.