Per federal mandates, a student is eligible to participate in the TCU McNair Program if the student meets all the following requirements:
(a) Is a
(1) Citizen or national of the United States; OR
(2) Permanent resident of the United States;
(b) Is currently a sophomore, junior, or senior (with a graduation date after summer 2024) enrolled in a degree program at TCU
(1) An individual with low-income who is a first-generation college student1 AND/OR
(2) A member of a group that is underrepresented in graduate education; these groups include individuals who are Black, Hispanic, American Indian, Alaskan Native, Native Hawaiian, and Native American Pacific Islanders
(d) Has not enrolled in doctoral level study at an institution of higher education.2
(e) Has a STRONG desire to attain a Ph.D.3
1 Low-income status is determined by annual taxable household income limits set by the U.S. Department of Education. First-generation status refers to an undergraduate neither of whose parents earned a baccalaureate degree or, in the case of a custodial parent, this parent/guardian did not earn a baccalaureate degree.
2 Postbaccalaureate students and students who already have one bachelors degree are not eligible for the program.
3 Students whose career goals include a medical (MD) or other professional degrees (JD, MBA, PharmD, etc.) are not eligible for the program.
The McNair Program staff is committed to investing and exhausting all resources to support McNair Scholars with successful matriculation to graduate programs. As such, McNair Program participation requires students to commit to the following program expectations:
- Achieve a 3.0 or higher GPA each semester and maintain a 3.0 or higher cumulative GPA.
- Successfully complete the McNair Summer Research Experience or external summer research experience.
- Attend and actively participate in scheduled orientations, program meetings, workshops, and lectures.
- Participate in required professional, educational, and scholarly (research), activities.
- Take required graduate admission tests (GRE) and submit a copy of the results to the McNair Program office.
- Complete an Individual Needs Assessment with assistance from the McNair staff at the start of each semester.
- Meet with McNair staff on a monthly basis during each semester for counseling and advisement.
- Meet regularly with your faculty mentor.
- Complete an exit interview upon completion of the program.
- Submit all required documents to the McNair office.
- Cooperate with alumni follow-up surveys after your graduation from TCU.