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Center for Latino and Latin American Studies

McNair Scholars Program

Group shot of McNair Scholar  Program Central Washington University is committed to increasing the number of low-income, first generation undergraduates and underrepresented minority students who earn doctoral degrees. Funded by Congress through the U.S. Department of Education, there are 178 programs on campuses nationwide. CWU is proud to have been one of the original McNair institutions in the country, and among the first in Washington state.

This program prepares participants for doctoral studies through involvement in research and other scholarly activities.

If you are considering a career in research or university teaching, you should participate in the CWU McNair Scholars Program. Your participation in this program will not only enhance your qualifications as a candidate for graduate school, it will give you the opportunity to experience the professional side of academia firsthand.
Program Overview

The McNair Scholars Program is a two-year program of scholarly activities (can be one-year for 1st quarter seniors) that includes:

  • One-on-one meetings with a faculty mentor in your field
  • A paid, nine-week, full-time summer research fellowship
  • A teaching mentorship in your field
  • Training in how to write and present a scholarly research paper
  • The opportunity to present a paper at a minimum of two research conferences including Central’s SOURCE conference and
  • Guidance through the graduate school application process, including applying for fellowships

Central McNair Scholar Program