The University of New Mexico’s Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program and the Research Opportunity Program (ROP) are now accepting applications for the fall 2017 program.

The McNair program and ROP prepare first generation, economically disadvantaged, and/or underrepresented undergraduates for graduate school by providing them with graduate-level research experience and support for the graduate application process. The program meets with students monthly to train them in research writing and design, presentations, public speaking, networking and funding opportunities.

Students who participate will work on a summer research project under the guidance of a faculty mentor. Groups will receive up to $2,800 for an approved research project and completion of all research component activities. Select scholars will be given the opportunity to travel to research conferences to present their research.

To apply, participants must agree to monthly seminars, weekly advisement, workshops, a faculty mentored research project, a retreat, summer research design/graduate school 101 class, summer GRE prep course and the UNM McNair Scholars Research Conference.

Additionally, applicants are required to maintain a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA.

The priority application period ends Saturday, April 15. Applications may be submitted after April 15 and will be reviewed until all positions have been filled.

To apply, students must fill out the online application form, complete an interview and submit letters of recommendation.

For more information, email or visit the McNair and ROP program website.