McNair Scholars Program

The PSU Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program is accepting applications!

Applications are due on Monday, May 5, 2014 for the program cohort starting January 2015 and running through August 2015.


Additional eligibility information and program applications are available online at

The Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program works with motivated and talented undergraduates who want to pursue PhDs. Through academic seminars, the program introduces PSU juniors and seniors, who are first-generation and low-income, and/or members of under-represented groups, to academic research and to effective strategies for getting into and graduating from PhD programs. Scholars work closely with faculty mentors on original research projects.


Undergraduates in ALL majors are encouraged to apply.


Program benefits include:
-A research internship & stipend to complete an original research project
-One-on-one Faculty mentoring
-Opportunities to participate in academic research conferences and other scholarly activities
-Enrollment in the McNair program seminar
-Participation in an active PSU and National McNair Scholar community


The Ronald E. McNair Post-baccalaureate Achievement Program is funded by a five-year $1,155,000 grant from the US Dept of Education. Portland State University provides cost-share funds over the same five-year period.


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