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McNair Scholars Program

Due to COVID-19 health and safety concerns, the McNair Scholars Program has gone online.

Office Hours
We have a static link for our McNair Digital Office, which is available from 8am-5pm via Zoom. From there, you can be moved to a breakout room for one-to-one conversations with staff members as needed.

  • Students text either Maggie or Cheryl to let us know to join.
  • All others, please text or email and arrange a time or notify us to join Zoom.
  • Need to call in to Zoom from a phone? Email or text, and we will send you a one-tap mobile number.
  • If you need help with Zoom, please see https://www.k-state.edu/its/pdfs/zoom.pdf.

We are temporarily asking that you call or text 785-260-0291 (Program Manager Cheryl Rauh's cell) if you need to reach us by phone. We will check the office voicemail periodically each day as well.

Program Application Workshops
If you are a sophomore interested in the McNair Scholars Program and were planning to attend one of our Program Application Workshops on March 20 or April 17, we will send you a link to attend via Zoom. You are also welcome to schedule a 1-to-1 Zoom appointment for more information by replying to your invitation.

McNair Seminars are postponed the week of March 16. We will resume seminars the week of March 23. McNair Scholars, please find the updated syllabus on Canvas.

McNair Recognition Reception
Our annual Recognition Reception on April 20 will be canceled this year. We're currently brainstorming alternative ways to recognize those who completed research this last year, completed graduate degrees, or are graduating with their bachelor's degrees.

TRIO McNair Scholars Program

The Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program (McNair Scholars Program) is a TRIO Program funded by a grant from the federal Department of Education to prepare talented undergraduates for graduate study, with the goal of increasing the number of Ph.D. recipients from underrepresented socio-economic and ethnic groups. To be eligible, students must either be first-generation and economically disadvantaged, or a member of a group that is underrepresented in higher education.

The McNair Scholars Program is a program within the Office of Student Success and is structured to prepare undergraduates for successful careers as professors and professional researchers. Scholars receive advice and assistance in preparing themselves academically for graduate school, searching for graduate programs to apply to, completing the application process, and deciding what program to enter. This preparation is offered in the form of classes, colloquia, advising, tutoring, faculty mentoring, and the completion of a Summer Research Internship. Scholars conduct original research, write reports, make presentations, and have the opportunity to attend research conferences.