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 the University of Nevada, Reno or traveling to another university for an REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates).

What to expect during your junior year

  • Junior Year: Fall
    • Applications due and interviews conducted
    • Acceptance into McNair Scholars program
    • 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 (one credit, paid for by McNair)
    • Individual monthly contact meetings
    • Monthly group meetings
    • Complete preliminary research for summer project

What to expect during your senior year

  • Senior Year: Summer
    • Ten week summer research program
    • Stipend provided (paid out bi-weekly) for research and program participation  
    • GRE preparation course, workshops, panels, and presentations on graduate school preparation
    • Students travel to national McNair conference to present research
    • Students present research findings at UNR symposiums
    • 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