McNair Scholars in Washington DC.

Prospective Students

The Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program or McNair Scholars Program has existed at UB for over 20 years. We hope you will consider applying for the program.

Our purpose is to prepare eligible and academically talented undergraduate students for admission into doctoral programs (PhD) by providing a simulated graduate school experience. If you participate, you can experience research internships, faculty mentorships, GRE preparation, graduate school visits, professional research presentations, speaker series, weekly workshops/meetings, student committees, leadership opportunities and graduate school funding advisement.

Applications are accepted throughout the year. Sophomores and juniors are strongly encouraged to apply!


Applicants must be low-income and first generation college students, or historically underrepresented for doctoral study (PhD). If you are interested in graduate school, you are encouraged to apply.


  • Students must meet one of the following two criteria:
    • First generation college student and low income student
    • Member of an historically under-represented group in doctoral programs
  • Additionally, students must:
    • Have a 3.0 or greater GPA
    • Be committed to attending graduate school and earning a PhD
    • Be an US citizen or permanent resident
    • Have sophomore or junior standing at UB (seniors are accepted on a limited basis)

For more information or to check on your eligibility, please contact the Director, Dr. Susan J. Ott or Heather Hagenbuch, University at Buffalo, 255 Capen Hall, Buffalo, NY 14260-1800; telephone 716-645-5478.

Last updated: April 11, 2018 3:41 pm EST

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