We need your help to find students for the McNair Scholars Program
We are inviting your recommendations for the next class of McNair Scholars. As many of you know, the goal of McNair is to prepare bright, eligible undergraduates for future study towards a Ph.D. We need your help to identify students who will benefit most from this program. Please take a moment to think of your current and past students who meet the following qualifications:
* Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident;
* Must be a first-generation, low-income undergraduate student OR a student underrepresented by race or ethnicity. "First-generation" means that neither parent graduated with a four-year degree before the student began college, "low-income" usually coincides with eligibility to receive a Pell grant, "underrepresented" refers to their race or ethnicity status as African American, Hispanic, American Indian, Alaskan Native, Native Hawaiian, or Native Pacific Islander;
* Must attain junior status by the end of Spring 2013; and,
* Must have academic potential and interest to succeed in graduate school. Strong GPA (3.0 or above preferred.)
As many as half of our students at UCM come from first-generation backgrounds. For these students, having a professor or other professional take an active interest in their education beyond their undergraduate degree can mean the world to them. Please speak with your students about this program and send them over to our office in 127 Humphreys. You can also forward their names to me and I will contact them. I've attached a recruitment flyer that you could share with your classes.
Please advertise that I have scheduled 4 hour-long recruitment information sessions where students can attend to learn more about the McNair Scholars Program. They are Thursday, October 11 and Friday, October 12 at 10:00 am or 11:00 am in Union 231.
It should be noted that in recent years we have had more applicants than we were funded to serve, and as always, we rely heavily on your recommendations in the selection process.
Students must interview with me prior to receiving an application, which must be completed by noon on October 31, so a quick response is appreciated.
Your input is invaluable to us.
Thank you in advance, Kari Azevedo