About the Application

Application Opens September 8, 2023

Priority Deadline: February 10, 2024

Notification of 2023 Selected Cohort: February 24, 2024

The Cohort will begin on-boarding activities in workshops and activities in spring 2023 and will begin research activities in summer 2023.


You may qualify for this program if...

  • You are a sophomore or junior

  • You have a 3.0 or higher

  • Your career goals involve a research-related profession

...and one or more of the following criteria apply:

  • Neither parent has a four-year college degree, and you have financial need that meets federal guidelines

  • You identify with an ethnic group that is underrepresented in graduate education


  • $2,800 Research stipend for summer research internship
  • Advisement and guidance leading to bachelorette graduation and planning for post-graduation plans
  • Graduate school application fee waivers and financial aid opportunities
  • Mentorship

Application Process Details

The application is submitted online via a customized LSU McNair AwardSpring™ site. There, you can start, stop, and finish the application at any time using your login and password. The application consists of the following: 

  • Basic academic information
  • Eligibility information 
  • Three candidate evaluations; at least one must be a faculty member - AwardSpring™ Automates this using your recommender's emails
  • Three short response essays

A note on need determination:

  • Need is a key criteria in determining program eligibility. Need is determined by the highest level of educational attainment of an applicant's parent(s)/guardian(s) and the applicant's family's taxable income. Candidates give permission for the LSU McNair Program to obtain family financial information from the LSU Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships

Application materials are confidential and for applicant evaluation purposes only. Our infrastructure sits behind a powerful web application firewall that continuously monitors all our systems and actively mitigates any new threats.

Please direct any questions about the application to givens@lsu.edu

Access the Online Application