McNair Scholars Program Eligibility and Application

The application for Fall 2017 will be available in early September.

Eligibility

A participant must meet the following requirements before becoming a McNair Scholar:

  • Quarter and Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Completed at least 60 units (Transfers Exempt)
  • US citizen or permanent resident
  • Intention to pursue a Ph.D. after graduation
  • Low income as defined by the US Department of Education and a first generation college student (where neither parent completed a 4-year degree) or a student underrepresented in graduate education

Program Requirements and Expectations

All McNair participants are required to commit in writing to all program requirements and expectations. For a complete list, please contact us. Some requirements and expectations include:

  • Participation in the UCSB Summer Research Program
  • Attendance at weekly and/or bi-weekly seminars
  • Completion of a one year academic research project
  • Presentation of research at a national conference and at the UCSB undergraduate symposium
  • Preparation for the GRE general examination
  • Completion of a doctoral degree within ten (10) years of attaining a bachelor’s degree from UC Santa Barbara

Application Materials Required

To apply to the UCSB McNair Scholars Program you will need to obtain or produce the following:

  • Two letters of recommendation from faculty or staff at UCSB or the community college you attended - one letter must be from a faculty member, instructor/lecturer, or a teaching assistant (TA)
  • Three short statements (approximately 300 words each)- Please begin an application to see the prompts
  • Unofficial transcripts from UCSB and any community college you may have attended
  • Student Aid Report - obtained from http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/

Deadlines

  • Applicants: Currently enrolled sophomores/ incoming and/or first year community college transfer students
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    Deadlines:

    October 23, 2017 at 4:00 PM

    • New UCSB Transfer students
    • Currently Enrolled UCSB students graduating Spring/Summer 2019
      with prior research experience and a secured faculty

    January 29, 2018 at 4:00 PM

    • Currently enrolled UCSB Students graduating Spring/Summer 2020
    • New UCSB Transfer Students with prior research experience and a secured faculty mentor

     

Application (currently closed but will reopen in September)