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McNair Scholars Program


Jon Crider

McNair Program Director

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999



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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

Our 200+ McNair alumni continue to thrive in their lives after Knox. A few of our outcomes include:

  • Monica Prince '12 is pursuing an MFA in poetry with a full tuition waiver and graduate assistantship at Georgia College and State University
  • Lauren Smith '12 was awarded a graduate fellowship to pursue her Ph.D. in clinical psychology at the University of Notre Dame
  • Jessica DeMory '11 was voted vice president for the graduate program's Public Administration Student Association at Northern Illinois University
  • McKinley Murphy '10 is pursuing an M.A. in English at Truman State University
  • Mike Prentice '08 completed a research assistantship on a National Science Foundation grant at the University of Missouri
  • Heather Elomaa '07 passed her Ph.D. comprehensive and language exams and is starting her dissertation on Latin poetry
  • Neil Gonzales '06 worked six years in alternative education for middle and high school students, completing a master's degree in school leadership and the Type 75 administration certificate
  • Robert Castillo '05 obtained his JD from DePaul University
  • Pamela Hernandez '02 is a Ph.D. student at the University of Maryland and recently published work on a book chapter

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