Program Benefits

Educational and Financial Benefits

$1,600 Research Stipend

Each scholar will be awarded a $1600 research stipend. It will be disbursed in three stipends during the academic year.

Tuition Waiver for 3-hour Research Class
The research class will be held during the Spring semester. The class will cover numerous aspects important to the process of conducting scholarly research. Information on qualitative and quantitative research is provided. Tuition is paid for the class; however, neither the university nor the McNair program is able to pay for fees. Therefore, fees will have to be paid by the student. The credit hours for the class serve as three elective credit hourss.

Personal Mentoring
The McNair Program employs a graduate student mentor to assist students through the process of attaining a doctoral degree. Students are also individually paired with a faculty mentor in their department, with whom they will develop and complete a research project.


The program will attempt to provide or locate tutoring services for students, if needed.


During the Fall semester, workshops will be held for McNair scholars only. Subjects will include computer software training, study skills, stress management, financial aid, library resources, and numerous aspects of the graduate school application process.

Laptop Computer

Laptops will be loaned out to all McNair scholars that wish to borrow one while they are in the program. Laptops are updated with the latest software and SPSS!

Graduate School Application Fee Waivers and Other Incentives

McNair Scholars may qualify to receive application fee waivers to many graduate programs across the country. There are typically additional incentives for McNair scholars, including tuition waivers and scholarship packages.

If a student is applying to a graduate degree program at Sam Houston State University, the graduate application fee will be waived. The application must be accompanied by a letter from the student's McNair Director verifying the student's participation in the program.

Assistance with Graduate Entrance Exam Preparation

Preparatory workshops are offered to McNair Scholars for the GRE/GMAT exams. Contact the Financial Aid Department to inquire about a GRE fee waiver (need-based).

Lending Library

The McNair program has several helpful books on graduate school, writing, exam preparation, and other materials that may be checked out.


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