McNair is Back!!

MSU has received a new grant award to re-establish a McNair Scholars Program on campus. Click here to download the promotional flier to share with others!

The Murray State University McNair Scholars Program is designed to encourage and prepare eligibleundergraduate students in all disciplines for doctoral study through involvement in research and other scholarly activities.

Participation in the McNair program is open to full-time undergraduates from first-generation-college, low-income families or to students from traditionally underrepresented groups who have demonstrated strong academic potential.

Program Benefits

Obtaining a Ph.D. increases one’s earning power and job opportunities. McNair participants have a unique opportunity to engage in an in-depth, faculty-guided research project that gives them an edge when applying to graduate school.
McNair Program participants are part of a supportive community which includes other scholars who share the same aspiration of getting a Ph.D. and work to create new knowledge in their field. Staff members are dedicated to seeing Scholars be successful and achieve their goals.

The McNair Program provides the following services:

  • A $2800 stipend for participating in a faculty-mentored undergraduate research, scholarly or creative project during participants’ junior and/or senior year
  • Assistance in securing financial aid for graduate school
  • Free preparation workshops for the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and academic tutoring
  • Fee Waivers for many graduate school applications
  • Expense Paid Travel Opportunities to attend professional conferences and visit graduate programs
  • Monthly activities that prepare Scholars for graduate school on topics such as writing a research proposal and time management skills, or cultural events
  • Monthly meetings with the Program Coordinator to ensure personal and academic success at MSU
(Please note you should access each of these files below.)

Cover Page

Application Form

Recommendation Form

Transcript Form

Contact us:  

McNair Scholars Program
Room 232 Wells Hall
(270) 809-2951

Director:       John Mateja, Ph.D.
Coordinator:  Leslie Furches, J.D.

The MSU Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program is 81.2% funded by the U.S. Department of Education under grant #P217A090330 at $225,000 annually, and 18.8% state funded at $52,000 annually.