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Program Eligibility

To apply for Castleton's McNair Scholars Program, students must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher
  • Completed 30 Credit hours no later than end of Spring Semester
  • Intention to pursue Ph.D. degree upon graduation
  • Ability to satisfy at least one of two requirements:
    • Low-income, as defined by the U.S. Department of Education as well as being a first-generation college student (meaning that neither parent completed a 4-year degree) 
    • OR
    • Identifies as belonging to a group underrepresented in graduate study, as defined by the U.S. Department of Education, e.g. African American, Hispanic-Latino, Native American and Alaskan, Pacific Islander/Native Hawaiian.
  • U.S. Citizen or permanent resident

Application Materials Required

McNair Scholars Application - LINK

Faculty Recommendation Form - LINK

To produce a complete application, you will need the following materials:

  • A brief personal statement (300-500 words) describing your interest in graduate school and why the program might be right for you
  • The basic application
  • 2 faculty recommendations
    • Asking a faculty member for a recommendation does not obligate them to work with you on a summer research project

Program Requirements and Expectations

If chosen to participate in the program, students will be expected to fulfill certain requirements. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Participation in Castleton's Summer Research Program
  • Monthly group and/or individual meetings with McNair staff
  • Attendance of a 1-credit Y course on the topic of Research Methods
  • Participation in Castleton's McNair Symposium