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Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program

Monika Greco, former UW Oshkosh McNair Scholar, highlights her experience in the McNair Scholars Program and how it has helped prepare her for graduate school.

The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh is one of only 187 institutions nation-wide to have the privilege of stewarding the Ronald E. McNair Post-baccalaureate Achievement Program. A federally-funded TRIO Program, McNair Programs assist bright, highly motivated undergraduates from traditionally disadvantaged backgrounds acquire the skills they need to get into and succeed in graduate school. This includes seminars and workshops on topics related to research, the graduate application process, and financial assistance; tutoring; and graduate school visits. The cornerstone of the McNair Program is the paid summer research internship, during which time the scholar conducts a faculty-mentored research project. All scholars must present their research at the annual McNair Scholars Showcase and are given the opportunity to travel to present at national conferences.

The UWO McNair program serves between 25 and 30 scholars in a given year, typically accepting 12-13 new students per year. Students cannot officially apply until the fall of their sophomore year, but because becoming a McNair scholar takes a lot of forethought and planning, we strongly advise interested students to visit us as early as possible. We welcome your interest!

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 The UW Oshkosh McNair Scholars Program is 100%  funded through a TRIO grant from the United      States  Department of Education PR/Award Number  P217A170088. For 2017/2018, the UW Oshkosh McNair Scholars Program annually received $230,864 in federal funds.





McNair is a highly competitive and prestigious program, but those who successfully complete the program have a huge advantage. Since being awarded our first McNair grant in 2007, our institution has served over 120 scholars, the majority of whom are either currently enrolled in graduate programs or have completed graduate degrees, including several PhDs. Most of these first-generation, low-income students will tell you they cannot have imagined going to graduate school without the help of McNair.

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