Current Scholars

Students who apply and are accepted to participate in the McNair Scholars Program are referred to as McNair Scholars. The term Scholar signifies their seriousness of purpose in advancing in their discipline and preparing for graduate education. Each year, the program hosts 35 students to participate.

McNair Scholars are provided with numerous opportunities for academic and personal growth, and thus, a high level of performance in the classroom, laboratory/studio, and in their respective communities is expected. McNair Scholars are heavily recruited by graduate programs around the country as they have a reputation of being well-prepared for the rigors of graduate school. To be a McNair Scholar is a great honor for the student and their families.


McNair Awards Celebration

Each Spring, the McNair Scholars Program staff honor a select number of scholars and faculty mentors for their research, service, and commitment to excellence on campus and in their academic field.

Award Categories

Community Activities

McNair Organization of Student Trailblazers (MOST)

The McNair Organization of Student Trailblazers (MOST) was created to allow McNair Scholars to organize academic, social and volunteer activities for their peers. All McNair Scholars are members of MOST. Among the responsibilities of the organization:

  • Plan and implement fundraising activities;
  • Develop a calendar of social and cultural events;
  • Plan parties and celebrations;
  • Assist with recruitment events; and
  • Plan ice-breaking activities for McNair Retreat/Orientation