The UNM Ronald E. McNair and Research Opportunity Program hosts open information sessions for prospective scholars and staff on Wednesday, July 3, Tuesday, July 9 and Wednesday, July 17 from 10 a.m. to noon in Mitchell Hall, room 211. Current scholars and McNair/ROP staff will be on hand to share their experiences and answer any questions.

The McNair & ROP scholars programs prepare undergraduates for graduate school by providing them with a graduate-level faculty mentored research experience, and support during the graduate school application process. Monthly seminars focus on developing research writing and design, presentations, public speaking, networking, funding opportunities, and selecting and applying to graduate school.

Scholars are offered intensive individual advisement throughout the semester, up to a $2800 stipend for their research and paid travel opportunities to present their research at local and national research conferences coupled with campus visits. Additionally, scholars engage in a two-month intensive summer research internship program at UNM engaging in a Research Design/Graduate school 101 course, and free Graduate Record Exam (GRE) prep.

To be eligible for the program, students must have a GPA above 3.0, and be either a first-generation college student, or economically disadvantaged or underrepresented. The program is open to all majors. STEM majors are highly encouraged to apply. The application deadline is Friday, Sept. 13.

For questions or more information, email the McNair office or Lady Ivory Boyd.