McNair Scholars



Best of Luck to Ian Buvit, Director of the McNair Scholars Program, as he moves on to new adventures in Alaska. As of August 31st, he has left the program for an opportunity to work with the Parks Department in Anchorage. 

The McNair Scholars Program will continue business as usual during this time of transition.

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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Main Office (Hertz 201) Hours:

M-F  8:00 am- 5:00 pm,