McNair Scholars Program Services

Annual Stipend: Scholars receive a yearly stipend that is prorated throughout the academic year (2-3 times a year).

Faculty MentorScholars are matched with an appropriate faculty mentor from either Siena Heights University or Adrian College. Faculty mentors meet with the scholars bi-weekly to develop the research project and discuss graduate school options.

Graduate School Visits: Scholars are given the opportunity to visit the top graduate school of their choice. Visits may be made prior to the application process to assess the campus and specific graduate program. Scholars may also choose to visit the campus after they have been accepted into the program. Graduate school visits help to ensure a good fit for the scholars. Group visits may also be available during the year to campuses in close proximity to Siena Heights.

Research ProjectsIn preparation for graduate school, scholars are expected to complete an original research project. This project begins during the summer research class with a research proposal and is completed during the senior year. Scholars may present their completed project at a national conference and all scholars present at the annual McNair Scholars Research Symposium, held each winter semester at Siena Heights.

Summer Research CourseAll scholars participate in a mandatory two week summer course entitled “Methods of Inquiry”. This class takes place immediately after graduation in May and is the beginning of the McNair research project. Scholars receive three hours of credit and individual instruction and assistance from faculty members during the two weeks. Siena Heights provides room and board during this time. At the end of the course, students will present a research proposal for their McNair Research Project.

Weekly Graduation School Preparation SeminarsWeekly meetings assist the scholars with such topics as: learning about graduate school, finding graduate schools and faculty with similar research interests, development of time management skills and writing personal statements. Seminars are developed independently for junior and senior scholars.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE) PreparationMany graduate schools require the GRE for admission purposes. Scholars receive information on the logistics of the general test, effective ways to prepare, how to register, where to take the exam, and fee waivers to help offset the cost of the test.

Academic AssistanceScholars are expected to maintain a 3.00 grade point average. Anyone needing assistance for individual courses can see the McNair staff for tutoring options.

Cultural EventsDuring the academic year, the scholars are encouraged to attend McNair sponsored events such as the symphony, theater, dinners and/or lectures. Team building activities may also be provided.

Meet Siena


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Alyssa Fausneaucht

Sport Management Major, Women's Golf; Adrian Campus

Faculty & Staff

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Gail A. Ryder

Associate Professor of Humanities


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Jacob Chi, '85

Music Graduate; Conductor; Professor of Music, Colorado State University-Pueblo