Characteristics of UALR McNair Scholars Program
Research and Mentorship
Each year selected Scholars participate in an Internship designed to increase their knowledge of in-depth research, graduate school, and Ph.D programs. This research opportunity introduces students to the techniques utilized in major research, a vital component of many post graduate programs. However, a unique and exciting aspect of the McNair Program is the Mentorship offered each participant.
Under the guidance of a UALR faculty mentor from the students chosen discipline, scholars are able to complete research in their field of interest with faculty who are completing research of the same nature. These relationships also afford scholars the opportunity to meet other faculty members and attend/present their research at professional conferences on a local and national level.
Upon completion of program requirements, each scholar is eligible to receive stipends totaling $2800 during their internship.
Presenting and Traveling
Scholars are given the opportunity to travel to conferences both locally and nationally in order to present their research before other members of their disciplines and/or fellow McNair Scholars. Each year the UALR McNair Program hosts a two-day Symposium for the purpose of all participants presenting their research before the McNair Panel.
Graduate School Admission Preparation
The final phase of the program is preparation for graduate school admissions. Assistance is given in locating potential graduate institutions, writing letters of application to graduate schools, preparing for graduate school entrance exams, and in obtaining information on financing graduate programs through fellowships and teaching research assistantships.