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The SIU Carbondale McNair Scholars Program helps students realize their full potential by providing enriching educational experiences for low-income, first-generation college students and members of underserved groups in higher education. Beginning with a strong mentoring network, McNair scholars are fully supported and engaged in educational and professional development activities that lay the foundation for stellar research and academic skills.

Our McNair Scholars Program promotes academic excellence, success in graduate school, and the achievement of a PhD – confirming there is no such thing as too much ambition when it comes to educational goals.

The McNair Scholars 27th Annual Conference was a Success!


A few of our current students attended the 27th Annual McNair Scholars Conference in Schaumburg, IL from October 19th -21st. They had a lot of fun and met other scholars from all over the country.
Pictured left to right: Hamza Ajeena, Yasmin Ibrahim, Nathaniel Jordan, Francis Gatimu, and Brittan Cobb

Monthly Student Spotlight:

Wiliam Browning  


Major: Plant Biology

SRI 2018 Title: "The Relationship Between Photosynthesis and Desiccation in Bryophyta"

click here to learn more about his interests!