The McNair Student Achievement ProgramThe University of Hawaii at Manoa

Who Qualifies?

Student applicants must meet the following minimum criteria:

  • U.S. Citizenship or permanent U.S. residency
  • A 2.7+ minimum cumulative University of Hawai'i GPA
  • Minimum junior class standing
  • Intend to pursue a Ph.D.; students in the disciplines of science, technology, engineering or math are strongly urged to apply. This program is not open to students intending to pursue professional degrees such as medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, management or law.
  • Be from the first generation within the immediate family to complete a baccalaureate degree and from a low-income background (as defined by the U.S. Department of Education); and/or be a member of a group historically underrepresented in higher education (African American, Hispanic, Native American, Alaskan Native, Native Hawaiian, Filipino, Samoan, Pacific Islander)
  • Able to participate in a full-time summer research internship
  • Able to complete a directed research seminar during academic year

Application Information:

Applications are accepted throughout the academic year. Qualified students are accepted on a space-available basis. Application materials include:

Program Benefits:

Summer highlights

  • Faculty-mentorship in research culminating in UH showcase of McNair projects
  • $2800 stipend for full-time summer research project internship

Academic Term highlights

  • For-credit seminar covering research topic selection and methodologies
  • Strengthening of academic and life skills through workshops and seminars

Year-round services

  • Preparation for graduate school entrance exam
  • Guidance in graduate school application process
  • Fee waivers from participating institutions for graduate applications
  • Help in identifying financial aid resources for graduate school
  • Engagement in multicultural and interdisciplinary service learning activities

Program Expectations:

Program participants pledge to uphold the legacy of Ronald E. McNair by demonstrating excellence in education, research and service. Participants are expected to take part in all program workshops, classes and seminars, utilize support services wherever appropriate, and maintain a full-time course load with a minimum 3.0 GPA during the academic year.