McNair scholars program

McNair Scholars Program at Colorado State University 


The goal of McNair is to increase the attainment of Ph.D. for enrolled participants, by intentionally designing opportunities for research and scholarly activities, summer research internships, seminars, faculty mentorship, and other activities designed to prepare participants for doctoral studies.

Prior to applying to McNair, we must first check for eligibility into our program. There are multiple ways to meet eligibility for McNair Scholars, so we ask that you complete the eligibility form at the top of this page. Once we receive the eligibility form we will be in contact to schedule a time to meet and provide more information on McNair Scholars, including the application process.

Who are McNair Scholars: 

  • U.S. citizen, permanent resident or in the process of obtaining permanent residency
  • Currently enrolled as an undergraduate in a degree program at CSU 
  • Completed a minimum of 45 credits by the time of initial entry into the program 
  • Student must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 
  • First-generation and limited income OR A member of a community that is underrepresented in graduate education (Black/African American, Latinx, Native American, Alaskan Native, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander)
  • Has a strong commitment to pursue graduate education through a doctorate and desire to conduct research. Students whose career goals include a medical (MD) or other professional degree (JD, MBA, PharmD, PsyD, Ed. D etc.) are not eligible  


  • Funded summer research internship ($2,800 stipend, plus room and board) 
  • Mentoring (by faculty and graduate student mentors, as well as McNair Program staff) 
  • Graduate school preparation workshops (including GRE and personal statements) 
  • Individualized advice and assistance with all components of graduate school applications 
  • Funded travel to conferences and graduate school campus visits 
  • McNair graduate school portfolio which includes experience in the following: research project development with support of faculty mentor, research conference presentation, and research paper development.  

McNair Scholars, 2022 – 2023 Cohort! 

McNair scholars gathered for the Spring 2023 Welcome event in late March, 2023. 

Please welcome our first CSU cohort of McNair Scholars:

  • Ryan Alvez 
  • Alanah Ambriz
  • Marcelo Espinoza Diaz
  • April Gonzalez
  • Melissa Gonzalez 
  • Madison Gosney
  • Nizhoni Hatch 
  • Dhajia Hopper 
  • Keyaria Ivey 
  • Kelli Lane
  • Jennifer Litzau
  • Delilah Lopez
  • Leticia Madrigal 
  • Hanna Medina
  • Bertha Mendoza
  • Sandrin Molina 
  • Helen Obuna
  • Lizzy Osterhoudt
  • Rachel Potter
  • Monica Rodriguez
  • Jessica Roig
  • Andrea Russell
  • Michael Weiss 
  • Eryn Wheeler