Eligibility & Applications

New applications for the McNair Scholars Program will be entertained in the Fall 2014 semester. The deadline for application is December 15, 2014. You are encouraged to submit your application and all supplemental materials by November 26, 2014, including recommendations. The application process is on a “rolling” basis; we are reviewing applications and conducting interviews as qualified applicants apply. Therefore, it is possible that all available slots may be filled prior to the application deadline.


To qualify for program services with the McNair Scholars Program, all applicants must be:

  • Admitted to and enrolled at UALR in a 4-year program
  • Have at least a 3.0 GPA
  • Have at least 60 credit hours completed prior to engaging in the paid research internship (New Scholars complete the McNair Summer Research Internship in the summer immediately following their acceptance as a McNair Scholar)
  • Have no more than 100 credit hours completed at the time of application (preference is given to current sophomore and junior status students)

And meet #1 and #2 and/or #3 of the following Federal Requirements:

  1. US citizen, national, or permanent resident, including territories and Freely Associated States of the US
  2. Low-income according to federal guidelines (verification federally required) AND a first-generation college student (parent(s)/guardian(s) do not have a 4-year college degree by the time you are 18)
  3. A member of a historically underrepresented group in graduate education (federally defined as American Indian/Alaskan Native, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, and/or Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander)

Two-thirds of our participants must be determined to be low-income and first-generation college students and one-third of our participants can be a member of an underrepresented group in graduate education.


The UALR McNair Scholars Program accepts 26 students, including returning scholars, each year to participate in a Research Internship; new scholars are required to complete their research during the Summer Research Internship and returning scholars are provided the opportunity to complete research during the academic year. Students who are eligible and who want to enroll in and complete graduate study, with the objective of completing doctoral (eg PhD, EdD, PsyD) study, are encouraged to apply.

The text below is for informational purposes only.

Online Application

Three (3) faculty recommendations required. Applicants are responsible for supplying the requisite information to the faculty from whom they’re requesting recommendations.

UALR Faculty Recommendation Form

Application requirements:

  • Faculty Recommendations
    • You will need to ask three faculty for recommendations to support your application and supply them with the necessary information and access to the forms. Two of these faculty members should be in your major and/or your desired field of concentration for graduate school. One faculty member can be from any discipline. If possible, all faculty recommendations should come from faculty who possess a doctoral degree (PhD, EdD, PsyD, or DSW).
  • Personal Statement
    • You should prepare this statement in advance and have it ready to copy and paste into this online application. The field reads as follows:
      Please submit a brief essay (300 word minimum to 600 word maximum) on your academic and career plans and goals: both your content and structure are important.
      Prompts that should be answered:
      – Describe your dedication/passion to your field and what first sparked it.
      – What areas/topics in your discipline/major do you find most interesting/fascinating? Explain why.
      – What are your long-term academic goals? How will McNair assist you with them?
      – What do you hope to gain from participating in the UALR McNair Scholars Program?

Supplemental materials:

  1. College Transcripts from all institutions applicant has attended prior to UALR. Unofficial transcripts printed from BOSS, or the equivalent, will be accepted.
  2. Signed copy of the 2013 Federal income tax form (if you are under the age of 24, please turn in a copy of your parent/guardian’s federal income tax form).
    Typically this will be a Form 1040. If Federal taxes were not filed in 2013, you will need to complete an additional form that you can get from the McNair Staff.

Supplemental materials should be turned into the Academic Success Center in Speech 101 in a sealed envelope with the applicant’s name and “McNair application materials” on the outside of the envelope.