Application


2019-20 McNair Scholars Program Applications are due

Monday, february 3rd, 2020, before 4:00 pm

Apply Here:

Online Application

McNair Scholar Faculty Recommendations

Submit Recommendations

For questions about the program please contact Dr. Atiera Coleman at colemana@beloit.edu or x2617

Application Frequently Asked Questions

Do letters of recommendation need to be from professors?

Yes, we will only accept letters of recommendation from faculty members who can attest to your ability to do independent research and who understand your desires to obtain a graduate degree.

I am an incoming transfer student, can I get letters from my other college instructors?

Yes, this is acceptable if you cannot secure strong letters from Beloit College faculty.

Can I get a letter of recommendation from an employer or an organization I volunteered for?

No

What happens if my letter of recommendation arrives past the deadline?

No application material will be considered past the application deadline.

I am considering a joint Ph.D./M.D. degree, or joint Ph.D./J.D. degree, can I apply?

Yes, however, you must be very clear that a Ph.D. is necessary for your academic pursuits.

Do I need to have a Faculty mentor when I apply?

You should be actively seeking out a faculty mentor, but we can work with you to find a faculty mentor if you are accepted into the program and do not already have a mentor. If you have already secured a mentor, please mention it in your application.

Can I study abroad and still participate in the McNair Scholars Program?

Yes, as long as you are available to be on the Beloit College Campus for the summer institute and the senior Grad School Preparatory Seminar (Fall Semester).

Will I be allowed to work and/or take classes if necessary during the summer research program?

No, it is required that you focus solely on your research during the summer research program.

What does the timeline for participation in the McNair Program look like?

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What if I am not completely sure about my research topic?

Describe it to the best of your ability for the application. Your topic may slightly change once you are admitted into the program.

APPLICATION CHECKLIST

  • Complete and signed online application
  • Tax Return (if low- income)
  • Statement of Research Interest
    • Your personal statement MUST address the following: Provide an understanding of your research areas of interest to the reader. Why this discipline of great interest to you? Give specific experiences and traits that highlight your academic success and preparation to pursue research.
  • Personal Statement
    • Your personal statement MUST address the following: Why you want to pursue a Ph.D. or other graduate programs? What are your academic aspirations and career goals? How will the McNair Scholars Program help you achieve this goal(s)?
  • (2) Letters of Recommendation
    • You must provide the search committee with two faculty recommendation letters that assess your ability for academic research as well as your motivation and ability to succeed in graduate school. Please direct your recommenders to the McNair application webpage to submit their recommendation. If you are applying to both McNair and GSEF programs, the same letter will suffice for both applications. NOTE: We will only accept letters of recommendation from faculty members who can attest to your ability to do independent research and who understand your desires to obtain a graduate degree. In the spaces below, provide the names and valid email addresses of your faculty recommenders.

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