McNair Scholars Program


Below you will find a list of upcoming regional conferences, events and programs suited for McNair Scholars. For a list of national McNair Events, visit the National McNair Scholars Program website.


McNair Scholar Visitation Program
June 24, July 22, and August 6 at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
  • The day consists of a presenation about the process of applying for admission to graduate programs. The students meet with faculty and staff to discuss their research, and receive a staff-led tour of the campus. To learn more, please visit:

FALL 2014

Diversifying Psychology Open House
September 19 at Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL
  • Join Northern Illinois University for an event designed to help students from underrepresented populations learn more about opportunities for graduate study in psychology. There will be two parts to this event including an open house and workshop. To learn more and/or RSVP, please visit:

Annual MKN McNair Heartland Research Conference
September 19 - 21 at the Marriott Country Club Plaza Hotel, Kansas City, MO
Final Registration & Abstract Deadline:  August 15th

  • The conference highlights include individual research presentations, a graduate recruitment fair, speakers and panel discussions, a pre-conference workshop on writing graduate admissions essays, and opportunities to interact with graduate school faculty and staff. To learn more and apply, please visit:

Challenge the Future of Research - Ronald E. McNair Research Conference
October 2 -3 at the University of New Mexico, Alburqueque, NM
Application Deadline:  September 1

  • The University of New Mexico welcomes all undergraduate research scholars from all majors to participate in the 2014 Ronald E. McNair Research Conference. Conference highlights include:  Drafting a Winning Personal Statement Workshop with Donald Asher, visiting a unique part of the country; a convergence of cultural and historical traditions set in the Rio Grande Valley at the base of the majestic Sandia Mountains and between two national research laboratories, touring UNM’s beautiful campus located along historic Route 66 and visiting with graduate programs in your field, participating in the UNM Career Services Graduate & Professional School Fair (well over 50 schools nationwide will be represented), meet & network with scholars, graduate students and faculty from all over the country, and refine your presentation skills. To apply and learn more, visit:

Discover Chicago
October 9 -11 at the University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Application Deadline:  September 2
  • The University of Chicago is offering talented individuals from traditionally underrepresented populations an expenses-paid opportunity to explore graduate education in the Biological Scienced Division (BSD). Join us for for a weekend of graduate admissions workshops, research presentations by world-renowed faculty and their graduate students, and informal socials. To apply please visit:

Getting You into IU
October 12-14 at Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
Application Deadline:  September 5

  • Getting You into IU (GU2IU) is a multi-day recruitment program that brings underrepresented and minority prospective Ph.D. and M.F.A. applicants to Indiana University Bloomington to learn about the programs they are interested in applying and to get a first hand view of the campus and community. IU pays all the costs of the visit, including lodging, transportation, meals, and travel to and from the airport. To apply please visit:

Diversity and Explorations Program
November 4-6 at Harvard Divinity School, Cambridge, MA
Application Deadline:  September 15

  • The Diversity and Explorations Program is intended to interest students who are underrepresented in the graduate study of religion, with a particular focus on African American, Latino/a, Asian American, and Native American students. We welcome applications from talented undergraduates whose backgrounds demonstrate a commitment to issues of diversity, social justice, and the fields of religion, theology and ministry. 
  • Selected participants will be provided with transportation to Harvard Divinity School as well as room and board for the duration of the program.  The program offers an opportunity to explore graduate theological education in a variety of ways, including class visits, panel discussions, and formal presentations by faculty, alumni, staff and students.  To learn more and apply please visit:

23rd Annual National McNair Research Conference and Graduate Fair
Application Deadline:  TBD

  • The National McNair Research Conference has been designed to provide undergraduate students the opportunity to explore graduate study as a realistic option. Workshops, panel discussions and activities will introduce McNair Scholars to the nature of graduate study as well as provide helpful tips and suggestions in writing an effective graduate admissions application.