McNair Apprentice Program

The McNair Apprentice Program is a semester-long introductory program to STEM research. McNair Apprentices learn about STEM graduate program career avenues and undergraduate research opportunities.

The apprenticeship involves:
  • Shadowing experience within a relevant STEM discipline​
  • Development of quantitative research, writing, and communication skills through a one-credit course​
  • Community building and networking with professors and peers


In order to be eligible to become a McNair Apprentice students must:

  • Be a rising sophomore or junior at UConn in good academic standing
  • Be enrolled in a STEM major
  • Identify as first-generation to college and from a household defined as low-income by the U.S. Department of Education and/or self-identify as an underrepresented racial or ethnic group in STEM graduate studies


Contact McNair Scholars Program Coordinator, Renee Gilberti, Ph.D.:

Apply to Become a McNair Apprentice!

Applications for the 2022-23 AY are open and are due February 16, 2022. Simply log in with your UConn netID and password and complete the application.

The application requires:

  • Demographic Information
  • Personal Essay
  • Letter(s) of Recommendation