McNair Scholars

Join us as we extend a heartfelt welcome to our new Director, Dr. Lucinda Carnell! Dr. Carnell comes to us with over 10 years experience guiding students along their path toward academic success as well as research in the Biology Department here at Central Washington University.

Dr. Carnell's webpage:

CWU represents one of the original McNair institutions in the country, and is among the first in Washington State!

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 158 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.


Mission Statement

Program Overview

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