Faculty Involvement

Faculty mentorship is the most important aspect of the McNair Program. The faculty mentor provides an opportunity for participants to have a “hands on” experience with research during the summer and academic year, which is often the student’s first encounter with undergraduate research.

There are several ways that faculty can become involved with the McNair Program and its scholars:

Summer Faculty Mentor Coordinator

  • Paid position during the summer
  • Teaches research methods course
  • Coordinates student projects with research faculty
  • Facilitates communication between faculty mentors and McNair Program Staff

 Summer Faculty Mentor

  • Mentor 1-2 students on a new project or existing research project
  • Assist participants in development of 20-25 page proposal based on faculty led research project
  • Assist participants in planning for poster presentation and symposium at the end of the summer
  • Attend summer orientation and summer symposium

Academic Year Faculty Mentor   

  • Attend a McNair workshop to discuss research and profession
  • Help interview prospective participants
  • Facilitate Spring Basics of Research Course