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Ronald E McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program (Summer Research Internship)

The Summer Research Internship is offered to matriculating students at FSU. As part of the federally funded TRiO programs, the McNair Program is designed to encourage low-income,  first-generation college students and students from groups currently underrepresented in graduate education to pursue a doctoral degree in their chosen field.

The internship provides participants with the opportunity to work one-on-one with a faculty mentor to conduct a research project. Fellows are in residence at FSU during the summer and a FSU faculty mentor is identified with whom the student will work closely in the execution of the research. In addition, participants are provided with GRE and graduate school preparation workshops along with other professional development seminars and scholarly activities.   If you would like to receive more information regarding our program or if you are a faculty member at FSU and you are interested in mentoring a student, please contact our office.

Eligibility Requirements:
  •  Prospective McNair Scholars must meet ONE of the following criteria:
  • Low income and first-generation college graduate
    OR
  • Underrepresented (minority) in graduate and doctoral programs (e.g., African Americans, Latino, or Native American)
  • You must be interested in earning a Ph.D. in your area of interest.  The McNair Scholars program will accept students who want to pursue dual degrees such as MD/ PhD, DDS/PhD, or PharmD/PhD. The McNair Scholars Program does not support students seeking to obtain professional degrees such as JD, MD, DDS, or PharmD.
  • You must also:
  • Have a good record of academic achievement (GPA of 3.0 or higher)
  • Be committed to attending graduate school
  • Be a United States citizen or permanent resident
  • Be a second semester sophomore or a junior (60 credits hours minimum)
The McNair Scholar Program Includes the Following:
Summer Research Internship:
  •  Work with McNair Faculty mentors as a research assistant for eight weeks
  •  Earn an internship award of $2,800 while working on research
  •  Get assistance in paying for additional summer research expenses
  •  Attend professional conferences with faculty mentors
  •  Present research at local, state, regional, and national conferences (all expenses paid)
GRE Preparation:
  •  GRE preparation sessions
  •  Fee waiver for the GRE, if eligible
  •  Access to GRE preparation software
Graduate School Applications & Visits:
  •  Obtain application fee waivers for over 200 participating schools
  •  Apply for McNair Fellowship opportunities
  •  Apply to independent funding sources
  •  Access to helpful books and articles
  •  Take sponsored trips to college fairs and visit other campuses
Weekly meetings and workshops covering topics such as:
  •  Graduate School application process
  •  Obtaining graduate school funding
  •  Writing a winning personal statement
  •  Making a successful research presentation
  •  Networking with faculty  

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