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  • Information for Faculty and Staff

    How can I get involved as faculty and/or staff?

     

    Make referrals

    Faculty & staff referrals are an important part of our recruiting plan. You can e-mail us at mcnair@uwlax.edu or use the Referral Form or call our office at (608) 785-6913.

    Help us build relationships with your department and professional societies

    It will be of critical importance for our Scholars to connect with the student and/or diversity caucuses in your professional societies.

    Invite us to talk to an upper level class about graduate school

    We hope that you will consider us a resource for helping your students learn more about the graduate school application process, and the rigors of graduate study.

    Become a faculty mentor

    Each year, we will select faculty members from a variety of disciplines to serve as McNair Faculty Mentors who partner with our Scholars to assist them with the design and completion of their summer research proposals.

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    I have a student in mind, but am not sure if he/she qualifies for services.

    Even if you are not sure that a student will qualify for McNair services, please refer them to us. Our program staff will contact the student to discuss eligibility and make an eligibility determination.PLEASE DO NOT ASSUME THAT A STUDENT IS INELIGIBLE WITHOUT TALKING TO SOMEONE IN OUR OFFICE! Many students who do not expect to qualify based on income are surprised by the income levels established by the Department of Education.

    What are the benefits of becoming a McNair Faculty Mentor?

    Becoming a McNair Faculty Mentor carries with it some fantastic privileges. First and foremost, there is the opportunity to work directly with a student who has already been vetted, and who is engaged in the process. What’s more, the populations of students you’ll work with provide you with a way to directly assist UW-L in meetings its Inclusive Excellence goals. In addition, we provide our Faculty Mentors with a $1000 honorarium, and the opportunity to travel to a regional conference to present your findings.

    If you’re selected to serve as a McNair Faculty Mentor, you will participate in an interdisciplinary research experience with colleagues from a variety of disciplines on campus, while also fostering the development of the next generation of academics.

    How can I get the help of a McNair Scholar on a research project/scholarly activity I’ve undertaken?

    By all means, please contact our office if you have a research/scholarly project in which our Scholars could participate! These partnerships will be critical to our program’s initial and continued success. Conversely, if you know of students currently conducting independent research in your department or discipline, the McNair Program may be able to greatly enhance that experience.

    What’s more, the McNair staff can help you identify students within your program with the potential to be independent researcher/scholars. We have an intensive application and interview process, and accept only the best and brightest of our applicants. One of the best ways to ensure that you benefit from a quality McNair Scholar is to refer students from your discipline to our program. Students who have completed previous undergraduate research or other scholarly projects in your department are strongly encouraged to apply.

    In 2010-2011, we are especially eager to accept students with junior standing (60+ credits). We are also interested in seniors (90+ credits and graduating no sooner than December 2011) who have already completed undergraduate research, so that we can help them further develop their presentation skills, and assist them with the rigorous graduate school application and GRE prep process. We may even be able to provide them with the opportunity to present their findings at a regional conference.

    I think I know a student who would be a good fit for the program. How can I refer them?

    The McNair Scholars program is not specifically aimed at students that would attend one of UW-L’s graduate programs; it prepares students for graduate school in general and does not focus on a single graduate institution. Students in the program will be provided individual assistance to specifically tailor their application strategy to meet their graduate school goals. McNair Scholars will be given fee waivers for graduate school applications, and will be expected to apply to at least 5 graduate programs… so we’re especially eager to assist students who are flexible about where they study.

    What are the other resources on campus for students considering graduate study?

    The Career Services Office (Cartwright Center, Lower Level) is also an excellent resource for students; they can assist students with their applications, personal statements, and provide them with contacts on campus & in the community. Additionally, the Graduate Studies Office (Morris Hall, 2nd Floor) has very useful information for students hoping to continue their graduate education at UWL. Students can find out more about the other undergraduate research opportunities on campus by visiting www.uwlax.edu/URC.