The McNair Scholars Program
prepares high-achieving USC undergraduates to engage in research and for graduate school programs. The USC Office of Undergraduate Programs provides administrative oversight for the program and makes available opportunities for all students to participate in an array of academic, co-curricular, and funding programs. The academic focus of the program complements the services and other resources available to all students through the USC Student Affairs Division. Participating students, referred to as McNair Scholars, begin the program by taking a Research Methods Course in the Spring. During the Summer Research Institute (SRI), McNair Scholars are advised by USC faculty mentors, graduate students, and program staff. Throughout the Spring, Summer, and Fall, the program provides services aimed at promoting academic success in the undergraduate program, graduate school preparation, career development, research competencies, and writing skills.
The McNair Scholars Program is a U.S. Department of Education Federal TRIO Program. The core components of the USC McNair Scholars Program include a Spring Research Methods Course, Summer Research Institute (SRI), Residential Life & Cultural Program, Annual Research Symposium, GRE Test Preparation, Travel Grant Awards for Conference Attendance and University Visitations, and Academic & Career Advising.
In addition to offering an undergraduate-level TRiO Program, USC also administers high school and middle school TRiO initiatives including Upward Bound and Talent Search Programs. These programs provide year-round pre-college academic services to youth from public schools surrounding the university.
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