Planning on Going to Graduate School?

SSU's NoGAP McNair Scholar's project can get you there.

mcnairscholars.jpgNoGAP (National Graduate School Attendance Program) has been at SSU for three years now, and has already placed several SSU graduates in Ph.D. programs across the country. Participants, called "McNair Scholars," are high-achieving undergraduates who are planning to continue their education in graduate school during the fall 2012 semester or later.

In order to be eligible for the program, NoGAP participant students must fit into one of two categories:

1. Be a low-income student and a first-generation student


2. Be a member of one of the four ethnic minority groups underrepresented in American graduate schools - African-American, Latino/Latina/Hispanic, Native American, or Pacific Islander.

Receive preparation for applying to graduate schools

The NoGAP McNair's Scholar's project provides workshops where students can work on improving GRE scores. In cooperation with the SSU Tutorial Program, McNair Scholars will receive specialized tutoring designed to raise their SSU GPAs. Other areas of the application process are also covered, including preparing the statement of purpose and soliciting good letters of recommendation. In order to receive further guidance in all of these areas, every NoGAP participant will also work individually with one of the program's academic coordinators.

Work with a faculty mentor to develop and complete a unique research project

SSU faculty work with our McNair Scholars, guiding them through the process of designing and developing a research project, which is presented at the annual symposium and published in a scholarly journal, and used to bolster grad school applications. Faculty mentors may also include NoGAP participants in other academic activities such as professional conferences. NoGAP participants may receive a stipend of $1500 to complete the research project, and the faculty mentor will receive a $500 stipend as well.

Attend conference, visit campuses, and other travel

McNair Scholars may receive funding to travel to professional conferences and present their research, as well as visit campuses that they are applying to.

Those interested in the program should visit Salazar 1040 and pick up an application. For more information, contact Daniel Smith at

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