McNair Scholars Program | Kent State University

McNair Scholars Program

The McNair Scholars Program aims to successfully prepare scholars for entrance into graduate school. The ultimate goal is for scholars to attain their Ph.D. within ten years of earning their undergraduate degree. McNair Scholars Program is of the Federal TRIO programs designed to identify and provide services for program participants.
Transfer students who meet academic requirements are eligible for financial aid

Graduate School Preparation

The McNair Scholars Program provides resources to prepare scholars for the graduate school admission process.

  • How and when to get started
  • Finding the right program
  • Help with graduate admissions tests
  • Funding opportunities for graduate school


The main component of the program includes conducting research under the guidance of a faculty mentor.

  • Summer Research Institute
  • Academic Year Research
  • Research Methods
Hyangsook Lee, an assistant professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, helps a student with a multi-media presentation in a classroom in Franklin Hall.


The McNair Scholars Program provides a supportive, yet challenging environment that is conducive to learning and professional development. 

  • Why it is important to have a faculty mentor
  • How to select a faculty mentor
  • Find a list of current faculty mentors on campus