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KU TRIO McNair Scholars Program

McNair Scholars are KU undergraduates who represent a variety of disciplines, but all share a common desire to conduct research and pursue a graduate degree.

About our program

McNair Numbers

Scholars have earned their Bachelor's degree
Scholars have earned a Master's degree
Scholars have earned a Ph.D.

What we do

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Who We Serve

Our mission is to diversify the academic and research fields by preparing low-income, first-generation, and underrepresented KU undergraduate students for the Ph.D.
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What We Do

McNair Scholars receive opportunities to participate in year-round research activities, comprehensive academic services, and assistance preparing for graduate school.
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Application Process

To apply for the McNair Scholars Program, start by completing the Eligibility Quiz. If eligible, the McNair Team will send an application to you to complete. After your application is processed, students will interview with the McNair Selection Committee.

We have a rolling deadline but October 15th is the deadline for early consideration.

Check your Eligibility
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"The McNair Program helped me see greater potential in myself than I ever thought was possible. They have also become my family, and once you're a part of a McNair family, you will forever hold them in your heart."

Margarita Alely Nuñez Arroyo
University of Kansas, Class of 2018
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