The University of Pennsylvania is proud to be the first Ivy League institution to host the prestigious Ronald E. McNair Post Baccalaureate Achievement Program. Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, the program prepares eligible students for graduate studies leading to the Ph.D. by providing research training and scholarly experiences to high-achieving undergraduate Penn students.
Students apply to the McNair Scholars Program at the end of their sophomore year. Four modules comprise the program: the Summer Research Institute, the Junior Academic Year Activities, a Summer Internship, and the Senior Year Graduate School Preparatory. The program begins at the end of sophomore year and concludes at the end of senior year.
McNair Scholars participate in research training and scholarly experiences through the four modules and other related activities, which include performing research under the guidance of a faculty mentor, and attendance at professional meetings and national conferences.Penn McNair Research Program students should complete this Author Agreement and submit it with their thesis. Once received, the electronic version of the thesis will then be uploaded onto this site.