This program is designed to prepare eligible Boston College undergraduates to pursue and attain graduate degrees, and to enter careers in research and academia. Students are paired with faculty mentors and provided with research opportunities, a needs assessment, and workshops about the graduate school experience and application process. In addition, through the O'Neill Library, students receive special library privileges, including graduate student borrowing status and an assigned librarian.
Major Program Components
Each student is paired with a faculty member in their feild of study. Faculty mentors guide students through their research planning and implementation process. Mentors also provide advise about graduate programs and encourage students to particpate in local and regional conferences and research forums where students become exposed to the world of research and academia.
During the first year of program participation, a student meets with his/her faculty mentor once per month to explore opportunities for research or assist in the faculty's current research project(s). During the second year (and third year, for those who enter the program as sophomores), the student will develop and complete a research project with ongoing support from the faculty–mentor. Stipends are available during the research phase of program participation. Students present their research at the end of the 8-week summer research program.
Summer Study Abroad
During the 8-week summer research program students study abroad for four weeks. Students continue their research work abroad and take a 3 credit course that will count as an elective.
Graduate School Preparation
The McNair Program assists students in all aspects of preparation for graduate school, including standardized test preparation, visiting and assessing graduate schools, and applying for financial aid and fellowships. In addition, a series of workshops supports students throughout the completion of their undergraduate degrees.
Applications for this two- or three-year program may be submitted during Spring semester of Freshman or Sophomore year. The application form is available at 50 College Road, or can be accessed online.