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What if . . . 

  • I don’t meet the eligibility requirements? 
  • I know that I am not interested in going to graduate school? 
  • I would not be able to commit to completing the McNair summer research internship? 
  • I will be graduating before August 2023? 

Regardless of whether McNair is right for you, you need to be intentional about getting the most out of your undergraduate experience as it will help you later, both with finding a job and/or getting into graduate school.  

  • Read your e-mail, keeping an eye out for opportunities!  
  • Stay tuned for information from the Student Engagement and Enrichment Opportunities Program (SEEOP). This program, designed to help students who are ineligible for McNair, will launch in the spring of 2023.
  • Keep your grades up. Use your professor’s office hours, go to CAR, form study groups. Find the major that is right for you.
  • Make a point of getting to know your professors. Look up their profiles on the departmental web pages. See if they have any publications. Meet with them during their office hours. Demonstrate that you are curious, determined, and reliable.
  • Try to get an undergraduate research experience.
  • Talk to faculty you admire about their research. See if you can get involved.
  • Work in a lab, help with data collection, etc.
  • Look into collaborative grant funding through the Office for Student Research and Creative Activity (SRCA) under the direction of Dr. Stephen Kercher (317 Dempsey)
  • Explore possible careers and internships.
  • Visit UWO Career & Professional Development to learn more about various career paths, to identify possible internships, and to ascertain whether you need a graduate degree to realize your professional goals.
  • Actively participate in at least one campus organization. Take on a leadership position.
  • Look for jobs on campus which will not only help you earn money, but also teach you transferable skills and help you establish yourself as reliable.