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First Gen Day

McNair at First Generation Student Celebration

Did you know that it’s possible to go to graduate school for free? The McNair program at NMU is seeking several hardworking new students to join our current group of active scholars to work toward this goal. We will have a table with information about the program at the First Generation Student Celebration on Monday, November 8th. The event will kick off right at 5pm for a group photo at the Wildcat Statue outside of Jamrich Hall. Immediately after that, we will move into the second floor of Hedgcock for fun, games (with fabulous prizes), and food. Find more information about the event on The Hub. Drop by on the 8th between 5 and 7pm to join us.

McNair at NMU

The Northern Michigan University McNair Scholars Program strives to provide students with the information and experiences that will make their graduate school transition easier and more rewarding. Throughout their time in the program, students take part in a wide variety of programs, including:

  • Faculty-guided research internship
  • Completion of a 20- to 30-page paper formatted in the style appropriate to your discipline
  • McNair workshops and seminars
  • Prepare and take the GRE (Graduate Record Exam)
  • Visit graduate school campuses
  • Attend regional and national conferences
  • Present research to a wide variety of audiences
  • Monthly McNair advisor meetings

McNair Mission

The mission of the Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program at Northern Michigan University is to increase graduate rates and post-baccalaureate success among first generation-low income students and students who come from a minority population that is underrepresented in graduate education. The McNair Scholars program is dedicated to supporting students in their pursuit of critical inquiry through research experiences and to fostering productive relationships between students and faculty researchers. The McNair Scholars program also seeks to encourage students to embrace diversity and cultivate lifelong learning goals through cultural activities and individual academic support.

Vision Statement

Northern Michigan University promotes an active environment to foster strong minds and bodies, inspires innovation and inclusion through community engagement, and develops leaders capable of local and global impact.

Diversity Statement

Northern Michigan University strives to be an inclusive community where differences are recognized as assets of the institution, respected attributes of the person and a valuable part of the university experience.

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Photo of Bryce Yacos, Education Student

Bryce Yacos, Education Student

"The McNair program is very rewarding as it will give me much support in planning and executing my goals after my undergrad, and it has also given me the opportunity to network and meet peers with similar goals, as well as superiors who want to aid in my success."

NMU's McNair Scholars Program works closely with students in completing their undergraduate requirements, encouraging and supporting their entrance into graduate programs, and tracking their progress to successful completion of advanced degrees. The goal of McNair is to increase the attainment of Ph.D. degrees by students from underrepresented segments of society.

We encourage you to join the McNair Scholars program, as an undergraduate participant, a faculty mentor or simply a supportive partner. Let us help you explore your potential.

Eligibility Survey

How to Apply

Meet the Scholars

The students in the program are what make it so unique and special to be involved in. Meet some of the scholars involved and learn about their experience as a McNair Scholar at NMU.

McNair Scholars Blog

McNair scholars at NMU have a number of remarkable experiences while students and go on to tremendous success. Learn more on the program's blog.

Summer Research

Students are expected to complete a summer research component as part of their participation in the program. Upon completion they are eligible to receive up to $2,500 in research stipend money and two college credits.

Contact Information

mcnair@nmu.edu

906-227-2590

If you have college credit and want to find out what will transfer to NMU, please visit www.nmu.edu/transfercredit.