Eligibility Requirements

Students who meet the following criteria:

  • Completion of at least 60 units
  • 3.0 minimum cumulative UC Berkeley GPA
  • US Citizenship or permanent US Residency
  • Qualify as either a first-generation college student who also has a low-income level established by the U.S. Department of Education; or a member of a group that is underrepresented in graduate education.
  • Must be enrolled at UC Berkeley during Spring 2016
  • Preference is given to students who have previously participated in a TRIO program

Program Benefits

  • Mentorship from a UC Berkeley faculty member
  • $2,800 stipend for Summer research
  • Opportunity to publish in the UC Berkeley McNair Journal
  • Research findings presented at the Annual California McNair Scholars Symposium
  • Fully funded GRE Prep Course
  • Assistance to ensure admission to graduate programs of choice
  • Graduate school application fee Waivers from participating institutions
  • Strengthening of academic skills

Academic Year Activities

  • For-credit seminar covering research topic selection, research methods, writing, and time management
  • Individual tutoring
  • Mentor selection/matching
  • Individual assistance with graduate school applications and financial resources

Summer Research Activities

  • Faculty mentored research culminating in publishable research paper
  • Participation in the Annual California McNair Scholars Symposium
  • Weekly research skills seminar
  • Advising on graduate admissions
  • Research Tutoring

A list of the UC Berkeley McNair Scholars and their research papers are available in the Berkeley McNair Journal.