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Welcome to the McNair Scholars Program

As a McNair scholar, you are expected to enroll in UNST 407: Research Seminar in Winter, Spring and Summer.  The seminars will help you develop a research proposal, clarify your research question, complete an original research project, and create compelling applications to graduate and doctoral programs. The assignments for the seminars support these goals. Please refer to the syllabi for due dates for assignments.


Winter Quarter

Week 1: Program overview & Introductions

Week 2: Understanding research, ethics, choosing a mentor 

Week 3: Human subjects protocol, finding resources

Week 4: Research questions, mixer/potluck Due: 

Week 5: Literature Review, Working bibliography Due: 

Week 6: Understanding Methodology Due: 

Week 7: Understanding Methodology Due: 

Week 8: Proposal Workshop Due: 

Week 9: Proposal Followup and Methods review Due: 

Week 10: Term Presentations Due: 


Spring Quarter

Week 1: Checking in, Applying to Grad School

Week 2: Faculty & Scholar Orientation 

Week 3: Grad Admissions & Essays Due: 

Week 4: Data Analysis Tools Due: 

Week 5: Personal Education Plan, GRE overview Due: 

Week 6: Checking in, Work Session Due: 

Week 7: Self-Care and Stress Management Due: 

Week 8: Research activity 

Week 9: Diversity and Identity Mapping Due: 

Week 10: Preparation for Summer Research Internship Due: 


Summer Quarter

Scholars will meet once a week over the summer.  Assignments due during the summer are to help you prepare for the McNair Symposium and to complete your research project and paper on time and finalize abstracts for the McNair Journal or for other scholarly publications.