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McNair Exploratory Program

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Program Description

The McNair Exploratory Program (MEP) is a new initiative from the Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Program. The central purpose of the McNair Exploratory Program (MEP) is to involve first-year students in a conversation about professional career, graduate education, and research. This program runs during the Spring semester.


Students are paired with faculty mentors and meet with them at least twice during the fall and Spring semester. Students are immersed in the work of their mentors through lab visits, readings and discussions of academic papers, participation in a colloquium or research presentation, and other activities designed by mentors and the McNair staff.


The McNair Exploratory Program is available to all enrolled Boston College first-year students. To be eligible, a student must be a citizen of the United States or have permanent residency and have a need for our services.


First-year students are encouraged to apply in order to begin exploring the services that will be fully provided in the McNair Program. Applications are due September 28, 2018 and are available online and at the Learning to Learn office.

To print an application please click here


You can assist us in a few ways:

  • Encourage students to apply to the program
  • Volunteer to serve as a MEP faculty mentor
  • Mentor and meet with a student three times during the semester
  • Attend program workshops