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The McNair Scholars Program

The Georgia Southern McNair Scholars Program is a select, competitive honors program that prepares high-performing undergraduates for graduate education and ultimately earning a Ph.D. McNair is funded by the U.S. Department of Education to increase the number of first-generation, low-income, and/or underrepresented students in Ph.D. programs, and ultimately, to diversify the faculty in colleges and universities across the country. Our program is open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors from any academic major on every Georgia Southern campus. Apply now or check your eligibility.

Once selected for the program, our McNair Scholars are matched with a Faculty Mentor who will guide them as they conduct research and advise them as they apply to graduate school. During the school year, McNair Scholars attend monthly meetings where they learn about graduate school, conducting research, and academic life. McNair Scholars also participate in a 10-week McNair Summer Research Experience (MSRE) where they complete a research project under the guidance of their Faculty Mentors. Learn more about what McNair Scholars do, the benefits McNair Scholars receive, and the Services available to McNair Scholars.

By fostering mentoring relationships, promoting undergraduate research, assisting with GRE preparation, and enabling students to attend and present at conferences, we aim to produce highly competitive graduate school applicants who have the skills and experiences necessary to succeed in their graduate programs and earn a Ph.D.