Program Information

 McNair Scholars Program-Preparing Undergraduates for Graduate Study


  • Majoring in mathematics or any science related field
  • Completed at least 30 credits
  • Have a cumulative grade point average of 2.8 or above
  • Low income* as defined by the US Department of Education AND a first generation college student (where neither parent completed a 4-year degree)
    From an underrepresented group in graduate education (African American, Hispanic-Latino, Native American and Alaskan, Pacific Islander/Native Hawaiian)

* Low-income guidelines are established by the federal government. Please refer to to determine if you meet this criteria.


  • gain an understanding of the importance of graduate school for your future;
  • participate in mentoring arrangements with ECU faculty members;
  • attend colloquia programs designed to explore aspects of graduate school and the opportunities available
  • receive assistance in identifying financial aid sources and in selecting an appropriate graduate school
  • be a part of an elite group of students with shared interests and concerns. The group will be able to share their experiences and form a common bond to improve preparation and motivation for graduate study
  • gain research experience by participating in the $2800 McNair Research Internship at the USEPA Robert S. Kerr Reserach Laboratory in Ada, Oklahoma
  • have the opportunity to present research at various student conferences.


  • academic advising
  • tutoring
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) preparation workshops
  • $2,800 research internship
  • opportunities to present research at student conferences
  • graduate college visits
  • laptop computers available for check out
  • faculty mentoring
  • student computer with Internet access
  • individual counseling
  • financial aid assistance
  • teaching assistantship for Senior students

Application Information 

  • application
  • (2) faculty recommendations
  • transcript

You can request an application by mail, e-mail, phone, or just drop by the program office located in Fentem Hall, Room 339.