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University of Wisconsin–Madison McNair Scholars Program

Developing leaders through Graduate Education


Academic year activities prepare participants for success in undergraduate and graduate education, including completion of Ph.D. studies. The University of Wisconsin–Madison McNair Scholars Program provides the following benefits:

  • Conduct research under the mentorship of UW–Madison faculty and researchers
  • Learn research ethics and responsible conduct of research
  • Learn at least one research method
  • Gain confidence in research and working with faculty
  • Develop and present research at local and national conferences
  • Network with graduate students, post-doctoral trainees and faculty with similar research interest
  • Learn about careers that prefer a Ph.D. degree
  • Join a community of peers who are also interested in research and in pursuing a graduate degree.
  • Receive assistance in locating graduate programs that are a “good fit.”
  • Learn how to prepare a competitive graduate applications
  • Receive advice on locating funding for graduate studies and financing graduate education
  • Attend professional development workshops/seminars/discussions on how to successfully navigate the rigors of graduate education
  • Receive support with improving your quantitative and academic writing skills
  • Receive individualized tutoring, if necessary
  • Participate in study groups and study jams with McNair peers
  • Visit graduate programs in the USA (up to two cities)
  • Receive up to a $2,800 research stipend
  • And much, much more…

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