Program Opportunities


All UMBC McNair Scholars are required to commit in writing to all program requirements and expectations. Some of the requirements and expectations include:

  • Participation in the UMBC McNair Scholar Research Institute or a summer research program at other institutions
  • Engage in research or scholarly activities supported by their Faculty Research Mentors
  • Write a research proposal and conduct research that will be presented at a national conference and the UMBC McNair Research Conference
  • Attendance at McNair seminars/workshops
  • Preparation for the GRE general examination (if necessary)
  • Completion of Ph.D. degree within ten (10) years of attaining a bachelor’s degree
  • Register for the fall McNair designated course for Research Methods
  • Meet all other program requirements as outlined in the scholar agreement
  • Participation in the required program activities: Induction and Graduation Torch Ceremony, UMBC McNair Family Weekend, and UMBC McNair Research Conference
  • Successful completion in Orientation & Bridge (McNair 101), Library & Writing Component (McNair 102), and Research Methods (McNair 103)
  • Completion of Scholar Portfolio Enhancement Activities each semester
  • Participation in Individual Development Plan (IDP) meetings
  • Participation in McNair Bootcamps (1-2 per semester)