Joining the McNair Scholars


The KSU McNair Scholars Program, located in Kent, Ohio is funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education (1999-2017). The Program prepares selected undergraduate students for graduate study and aims to increase numbers from groups underrepresented at the doctoral level. This KSU McNair Scholars participate in academic year and summer research activities. The following benefits to its students are based on eligibility.

  • Must have at least a 3.00 grade point average
  • Must have completed the sophomore year
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Must be a first generation college student who meets income guidelines OR from an ethnic group underrepresented in doctoral programs (African-American, Hispanic/Latino, Native American/Alaskan or Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander).
Benefits of Summer Research Institute
  • Develop a relationship with a faculty mentor in your major and conduct research for 8 weeks
  • Receive a stipend up to $2800 to provide support during the summer research initiatives
  • Reside in Honors Residence Hall during Summer Research Institute
  • Present research at local and regional conferences with all expenses paid
  • Participate in field trips to facilities in Northeast Ohio
  • Receive academic credit for Honors courses at Kent State University
  • Attend graduate preparation workshops
  • Have access to computer facilities
  • Participate in a graduate school tour
  • Receive academic and personal counseling
Academic Year Activities
  • Graduate services workshops
  • Individual assistance with graduate school application
  • Assistance with financial resources, including fee waivers
  • Academic skills building
  • Cultural events and gatherings
  • Web-site communication for out-of-state students
  • Faculty mentor
  • Peer mentor
  • Tutoring: individual and group
  • Present research at conferences
Mentoring and Tutoring
  • Meet regularly with a faculty mentor in your major
  • Meet weekly with a peer mentor
  • Receive advice from faculty in your field
  • Receive individual tutoring
  • Have access to personal and academic counseling