McNair Scholars Program


Located in the Conroy Honors College, the McNair Scholars Program is one of the federal TRIO programs funded by the U.S. Department of Education. Through premiere, personalized scholarly activities and services throughout their junior and senior years, our students receive support from our staff and faculty in preparing for, gaining entrance to, and completing doctoral (Ph.D.) programs. We encourage academically talented NMSU students interested in graduate studies and who are first generation with financial need, or from groups underrepresented in graduate education, to apply.

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Benefits and services participants in the McNair program will receive:

  • Individual scholarly research experience guided/supported by a faculty mentor
  • A summer internship, funded by a stipend
  • Intensive advisement
  • Exclusive, paid-for enrollment in the credit-bearing Engaged Scholars Seminar (Mondays/Wednesdays 4:30-6:00PM)
  • Completion of an Honor’s Certificate that will appear on their transcript
  • Support in researching and applying to graduate/doctoral programs
  • Instruction to prepare them for taking the GRE (Graduate Record Exam)
  • Funding/travel opportunities to visit and explore graduate programs
  • Funding/travel opportunities to attend and present their research at conferences
  • Information and access to funding opportunities, scholarships, fellowships, and McNair-specific graduate school application fee waivers at universities across the nation
  • A sense of belonging from their peers in the NMSU McNair Scholars community and the nationally acclaimed McNair community


We are seeking a limited number of academically strong sophomores and juniors to apply immediately to the program. If you have a student who you feel would be a strong candidate for pursuing graduate doctoral studies, and they may meet the eligibility criteria, please encourage them to apply. If you or the student have any questions, please feel free to contact us at

Please monitor this page for additional program information and the opening of the student application for the McNair Scholars Program in the days to follow.


Eligibility & Application