Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions
Are only underrepresented minority students eligible for this program?
No, at least two-thirds of McNair Scholars must be from first-generation AND low-income backgrounds. The program may accept up to one-third of our 34 participants each year who are not first-gen/low income, but they must be from ethnicities underrepresented in graduate education (African-American, Hispanic, Native American and Alaskan, Hawaiian, Pacific Islander).
Can I conduct research simultaneously as a McNair Scholar and a participant in another campus research program
You cannot conduct research at the same time in two different programs, although you can participate in both programs before you graduate.
Does the program accept applicants from all majors?
Yes, the MSP accepts applicants in all majors in which one can earn the PhD.
Does the UTA McNair Scholars Program provide graduate funding for students?
No, unfortunately programs were not given funds to support students in graduate school. However, some institutions have created such funding, for which Scholars must apply.
I want to be a physician? Can I still be a McNair Scholar?
No, the program is funded only to work with students who want to earn a PhD. Students planning to earn professional doctorates do not qualify.
If I am not sure I qualify, what should I do?
Contact a MSP staff member in 108 Campus Center or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If I qualify, am I automatically a McNair Scholar after applying?
No, Scholars are selected on a competitive basis because there are more applicants than spots available. Semi-finalists are interviewed by McNair staff, and applications are then reviewed by a selection committee comprised of UTA professors from various departments on campus.
Is the McNair Scholars program for graduate students?
No, only undergraduates are eligible to participate.
When does the program recruit new participants?
The MSP recruits only once per year in the fall semester. The application period begins October 1 and continues through early November. Applications are online, and tax forms are turned in to the McNair office.
When is the final admissions decision made?
Program staff and the McNair Faculty Selection Committee (whose members also review semi-finalist applications during the holiday break) meet by the second week of spring semester to share their assessments. The McNair director makes the final decision by late January. Successful candidates enter the program in February and remain active McNair Scholars until graduation.
When will students learn of their application status?
By late December of each year, all viable applicants will be notified as to their semi-finalist status. Semi-finalists will be expected to schedule an interview with program staff for mid-January.