About McNair Research Scholars

LSU University College's Ronald E. McNair Research Scholars program promotes a new cohort of scholars that more accurately reflects the emergent diversity in life experiences, cultures and perspectives represented in academia by preparing students who are first-generation, low-income, and ethnically underrepresented in graduate education for doctoral studies. We connect undergraduate students with faculty-directed research experiences, provide individualized advisement, and foster knowledge of the graduate school application process. Funded by a federal grant from the US Department of Education TRIO programs, McNair Research Scholars conduct research undertrio the mentorship of some of the most distinguished faculty in the country and communicate the results of their work through publications and workshops.


Heather Buzbee, a junior in LSU’s Roger Hadfield Ogden Honors College and English major focusing on writing and culture and classical studies, took that mantra to heart when she traveled to Ireland last fall to study Celtic literature and learn more about the topics of rhetoric and persuasion in writing.
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You may qualify for this program if...
  • You are a sophomore or junior
  • Your academic performance is consistent with competitive graduate school applicants
  • You plan to attend graduate school
..and one or more of the following criteria apply: 
  • Neither parent has a four-year college degree and you are have financial need that meets federal guidelines
  • You identify with an ethnic group that is underrepresented in graduate education

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