McNair Scholars

Get Ready for Graduate School

McNair Scholars Program LogoThe McNair Scholars Program at the University of Wisconsin-Superior prepares income eligible, first generation college students and students from groups underrepresented in graduate education for doctoral study. It is a nationwide program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education, created in memory of Ronald E. McNair, Ph.D., an African-American physicist killed in the Space Shuttle Challenger mission in 1986.

Each year, 25 students are chosen to participate in the program's activities, which include seminars, cultural events, graduate school visits, and more. During the summer, 12 scholars participate in a paid individual research experience, working collaboratively with a faculty mentor on a project of interest to the student. Program participants also receive GRE preparation instruction and help in the graduate school application process.

View our McNair Scholars Program Video 


You qualify if...

You are a low income and first generation (neither parent has a Bachelor's degree) student. (For more information on the income requirements please visit the Federal TRIO Programs Page)


You are from a group that is underrepresented in graduate school (Native American, Hispanic or African American).


If you are a sophomore, junior or senior undergraduate student and a citizen or a permanent resident of the United States?

Take the survey to see if you qualify!


What are the benefits of McNair? 

  • Mentorship: Students are paired with a faculty member from their discipline for the duration of the program.

  • Relationship Building: Scholars and their Mentors work together on research and on the student's individual graduate school goals.

  • Stipend: Students in the program are paid a $2,800 stipend.

  • Research: Students in the program are guided in the methods of gathering information and preparing for graduate level research in the Scholar's major.

  • Testing: McNair Scholars take a GRE prep course to get them ready to take the test.


We are currently accepting applications! We encourage you to apply online. If you have any questions about the application process please do not hesitate to email us at

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The Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program at the University of Wisconsin-Superior is a TRIO program funded by the U.S. Department of Education and UW-Superior.


Are you unsure about whether or not you qualify or have more questions?

Great! We would love to hear from you! Please stop in to our office in Swenson Hall 2047, or email us at or call 715-394-8043