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Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program

The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh is one of only 187 institutions nation-wide to have the privilege of stewarding the Ronald E. McNair Post-baccalaureate Achievement Program. A federally-funded TRIO Program, McNair Programs assist bright, highly motivated undergraduates from traditionally disadvantaged backgrounds acquire the skills they need to get into and succeed in graduate school. This includes seminars and workshops on topics related to research, the graduate application process, financial assistance, tutoring and graduate school visits. The cornerstone of the McNair Program is the paid summer research internship, during which the scholar conducts a faculty-mentored research project. All scholars must present their research at the annual McNair Scholars Showcase and are given the opportunity to travel to present at national conferences.

Interested Students

Are you a student pursuing a master’s or phD? Find out if McNair is right for you!

Eligibility Requirements

Interested in the benefits that come along with being a McNair scholar? Find out if you’re eligible for McNair!

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Have you already answered “yes” to all of the eligibility requirements and scheduled an appointment with the McNair Director? Apply for 2019-2020 now!

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Keep up to date on the McNair Scholars Program! Check out featured events, McNair Scholar alumni stories, and what our scholars are currently up to.


Congratulations to Ben Sajdak, who completed their PhD last Fall!

He will begin his postdoc September 2019 at Morgridge Institute for Research at UW-Madison. We are so proud of you Ben!

Alyssa Scott began in September 2018 at UW Milwaukee for their Master’s program in Psychology – Behavior Analysis!

Alyssa received a tuition scholarship to put towards her graduate program. Congratulations Alyssa!

Admiral Wieland committed to the University of Indiana Bloomington for their PhD program!

Beginning in September 2018, Admiral received full funding for their PhD in History to the University of Indiana - Bloomington. Congratulations!

Savannah Block began the MA-PhD Program at the University of Illinois – Champaign Urbana!

In May 2019, Savannah graduated with her Masters in English, and began her Phd in the Fall. Congratulations!

Congratulations to Jordan Black on completing his Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences in August 2018

Jordan moved to South Carolina and now works as a patient care technician (PCT) at the medical university of South Carolina (MUSC) achieving direct patient care hours so that he can follow his career goals to get accepted to a MD OR PA program

Samantha Retzloff graduated with her Master of Public Health!

Former McNair Scholar, Samantha Retzloff, graduated with her MPH in May 2018. Her career goal is to become an Epidemiologist. Congratuations!

Katie Proctor was Accepted to University of Memphis

Katie Proctor was accepted to University of Memphis's Masters Program in Earth Sciences

Congratulations, Jessica DeLarwelle!

Jessica DeLarwelle accepted and commited to University of Washington's Social Work PhD Program!

Marissa Munoz graduated from UW Madison’s Pharmaceutical Sciences program!

After having received full funding to UW Madison's PhD program for Pharmaceutical Sciences, in February 2019, Marissa Munoz will defend her thesis. Congratulations Marissa!


The UWO McNair program serves between 25 and 30 scholars in a given year, typically accepting 12-13 new students per year. Because becoming a McNair scholar takes a lot of forethought and planning, we strongly advise interested students to visit us as early as possible. We welcome your interest!


The UW Oshkosh McNair Scholars Program is 100%  funded through a TRIO grant from the United States Department of Education PR/Award Number  P217A170088. For 2019/2020, the UW Oshkosh McNair Scholars Program will receive $251,506 in federal funds.