McNair Scholars Program Timeline

The timeline listed below reflects the typical structure of the program for students who enter into McNair Scholars during the fall of their junior year. Those students who may enter the program in the fall of their sophomore year can expect to have an additional summer research experience either continuing their research at UNR or traveling to another university for an REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates).


students presenting research

Junior Year Fall:

  • Applications due / interviews conducted
  • Acceptance into McNair Scholars
  • Orientation / sign intake contracts
  • Individual monthly contact meetings
  • Secure a research mentor

Junior Year Spring:

  • Secure a research mentor if not completed
  • Research methods class (1 credit, paid for by McNair)
  • Individual monthly contact meetings
  • Monthly group meetings
  • Complete preliminary research for summer project

Senior Year Summer:

  • Ten week summer research program
  • 3,500 stipend provided (paid out bi-weekly)
  • GRE preparation course
  • Workshops, panels, and presentations on graduate school preparation
  • Students continue their research
  • Travel to national McNair symposium
  • Students present their research findings
  • Register for and take the GRE

Senior Year Fall:

  • Weekly senior meetings
  • Graduate school applications submitted
  • Possible graduate school visits
  • Individual monthly contact meetings

Senior Year Spring:

  • Bi-weekly senior meetings
  • Possible graduate school interviews
  • Decide which graduate school to attend
  • Individual monthly contact meetings