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McNair Explorers

McNair Explorers provides opportunities for first- and second-year students to learn about graduate school, professional developement, and research opportunities. Participation is a semester-long committment, but students can return for future semesters if they complete the requirements and receive approval from the McNair staff.

Eligibility requirements: 
  • A first-generation and income limited college student or a member of an underrepresented group in graduate education
  • A first- or second-year student
Curriculum and Expectations for Involvement

McNair Explorers are required to attend three events hosted by campus partners each semester. After attending events, Explorers will complete a reflection assignment to determine what they learned.

Explorers will participate for the full semester. They can participate for additional semesters with approval from the staff. If a student continues on in the program, they are encouraged to explore research opportunities and internships.

If the student completes all requirements, they will receive a certificate showing their accomplishment.

How to become a McNair Explorer

To become a McNair Explorer, please email Cheryl Rauh to set up a meeting.

Each Explorer will meet with a staff member to create a contract outlining expectations for the program and set goals. Students get to decide what events and programs will be more beneficial for them to focus on. With the help of staff members, students will create a plan that works with their success in mind.

Campus Partners


Office of Undergraduate Research & Creative Inquiry 

TRIO Educational Supportive Services 

Primary Texts

University Honors Program

Chapman Center for Rural Studies 

Being a McNair Explorer does not mean you will automatically become a TRIO McNair Scholar. There are additional requirements and applications students must complete if they are eligible.