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McNair Scholars Program


Jon Crider

McNair Program Director

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999



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The Knox College McNair Scholars Program is currently accepting applications for its 2018-2019 cohort.  The application is available online.  The deadline to apply online is April 27, 2018. 

Eligible students must have a 2.75 or higher GPA and be a First Generation Student and from a Low Income background or a member of an ethnic/racial group traditionally underrepresented in higher education.

We will be holding an Informational Meeting on Wednesday, April 11 at 12pm in Alumni Hall 117 and another Informational Meeting on Wednesday, April 18 at 4pm in Alumni Hall 117.

Are you the first in your family to attend college or from an ethnic or income group underrepresented in higher education?

Each year, the McNair Program selects 10 sophomores who work with faculty mentors through their senior year to develop academic and research projects. As a McNair scholar, the program prepares you for graduate and doctoral studies and encourages you to explore research-intensive careers, including academia and working at the highest levels of science and technology.

Knox is one of just 140 colleges and universities in the McNair Program and one of the first small liberal arts colleges in the nation selected for the initiative.

The program is funded by the U.S. Department of Education and is a part of the Federal Trio Program. Contact our McNair staff to learn more about the program and eligibility requirements.

McNair can benefit you by:

  • Providing funding for substantive summer research with a faculty mentor following your sophomore and junior years
  • Publishing selected student research in The McNair Journal of Multidisciplinary Research
  • Creating opportunities to present your research to fellow academics and other McNair scholars at a national conference
  • Finding teaching and research assistantships to allow you to explore academic careers
  • Facilitating graduate fellowships at select universities nationwide
  • Offering GRE fee waivers and graduate school application fee waivers (for selected schools)
  • Providing McNair tutorials with enriched academic preparation, research skill development, intensive career education, and graduate school process familiarization
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