Faculty & staff referrals are an important
part of our recruiting plan. You can e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org, use the Referral Form, or call our office at
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
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
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.
I have a student in mind, but he/she is not necessarily planning to attend UW-La Crosse for graduate
school. Can he/she still apply to the program?
The McNair Scholars program is not specifically aimed at students that
would attend one of UWL’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.
I think I know a student
who would be a good fit for the program. How can I refer him/her?
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 UWL in meeting 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 2014-2015, 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.
What are the other
resources on campus for students considering graduate study?
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.