McNair Scholars Program


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

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.

Annual MKN McNair Heartland Research Conference
September 26 - 27 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.

McNair and SSS Senior Retreat
September 19 - 21 at the Chula Vista Resort, Wisconsin Dells, WI
Final Registration:  September 12th

  • The Wisconsin Association of Educational Opportunity Program Personnel invites students, staff and faculty to attend a two-day workshop on getting into graduate school and getting funded, how to write a statement of purpose, and application considerations. This retreat also features Donald Asher, one of the nation's foremost authorities on the graduate school admissions process. To learn more, please download the flyer here.

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.

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.

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.

FIU McNair Scholars Research Conference
October 16-18, 2014 at Florida International University, Miami, FL
Abstract Submission Deadline Extended to:  September 1

  • The FIU McNair Scholars Research Conference offers a dynamic, interdisciplinary forum in which undergraduate students can share their work. Students actively contributing to research under the guidance of a university professor are invited to participate. Work in the area of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and related fields will be presented as posters and/or orally. Important feedback will help students to improve their investigational and presentation skills, and the experience will prepare them to compete at even higher levels in the future.

2nd Annual Black Doctoral Network Conference - Undergraduate Research Poster Competition
October 23 - 25, Philadelphia, PA
Application Deadline:  September 12th

  • The Black Doctoral Network Conference is a platform for Black and Latino scholars and professionals to present and collaborate on original research topics across all disciplines. This year's theme, "Making the Connection," focuses on research that strives to make meaningful connections among different academic fields as well as between the academy and the general public. In an effort to provide further support and mentorship to undergraduate students, we have created the Undergraduate Research Poster Competition.

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:

Campus Visitation Program
November 6-7 at the University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
Application Dealine:  September 19

  • The Campus Visitation Program is a two-day program that gives prospective graduate students the opportunity to engage with the UF community. During the visitation, students receive an overview of the University of Florida graduate degree programs and financial aid resources and gain insight into the decision-making process involved with selecting a graduate school. Most importantly, participants meet and interview with administrators, faculty members, and current graduate students in their field of study. This is an excellent opportunity for seniors, graduates and master’s students who are underrepresented in graduate school, students underrepresented in their academic field, and students who are first-generation college graduates— to visit the University of Florida campus and connect with their potential graduate program.

  • Interested students may apply at

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.