UCSD McNair Program is now accepting applications

The UCSD McNair Program is now recruiting outstanding juniors and seniors for research training and other preparation for graduate studies.

The McNair Program helps first-generation college students from low-income families and students from underrepresented ethnic groups to prepare for graduate research and professorial careers.

The program annually runs from November through 8 weeks of the summer, and gives students the opportunity to do research in the academic field of their choosing.  Currently—through October 20th—UCSD is accepting applications for admission to the program.

Every year, the program admits students and provides them with the opportunity to do research under the guidance of a faculty member and to receive money for summer research.  Students with an interest in research and a strong academic record and who will be UCSD juniors and seniors this fall are encouraged to apply.  Over 110 of the program’s alumni have already earned their PhD’s, and dozens more are currently enrolled in graduate programs.

To be eligible, students must be U.S. citizens or Permanent Residents and should have a cumulative GPA of least a 2.9 and must be either (1) a first-generation college student qualifying as “low income” by Federal Standards or (2) a member of an ethnic group underrepresented in American universities (African American, Native American, Alaskan Native, Chicano/Latino or Pacific Islander).

Applications are due on October 20th for the 2016-2017 McNair cohort, and are ordinarily submitted online.  The application requires a letter of recommendation by a faculty member and a statement of purpose (among other requirements) and so students should begin the application process soon.

To apply, students should go online to aep.ucsd.edu, click on “McNair Program,” and follow the instructions under “Application Procedure.”

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