The centerpiece of the UMN Morris McNair Program is undergraduate research by motivated, graduate school bound students guided by a faculty mentor. Faculty mentors can come from all disciplines.
Faculty can participate in the McNair Program by:
- Promoting the program to students and recruiting potentially successful participants
- Serving as a research mentor
- Conducting mock interviews with McNair Seniors applying to graduate school
- Participating in mentor meet-ups during the research success seminar for McNair Scholars
- Nominating students as potential McNair Scholars
- Serving as recommenders for McNair applicants
We look forward to your involvement, ideas, and encouragement! Below is more information about specific faculty responsibilities.
Faculty Research Mentors will:
- Work closely with the McNair Scholar to develop the resarch proposal in the semester prior to carrying out the research via the Research Success Seminar.
- Mentor, monitor, and supervise the Scholar as he or she carries out the aforementioned project.
- Support and encourage the Scholar as s/he disseminates the results of the research at campus, regional and/or national and international venues.
- Continue to mentor and advocate for the Scholar as s/he prepares for and applies to grad school.
Faculty providing a recommendation for applicants for the McNair Program will receive a message with a link to provide the following information:
- Potential of the applicant to succeed academically and pursue the PhD or EdD.
- How well you know the applicant
- Personal characteristics that you think will help (or hinder) the applicant's progress generally
- Other strengths/weaknesses of the applicant
- An assessment of the applicant's ability to carry out mentored research