McNair Staff Resources

Forms, Procedures, and Other Documents

Below is a list of resources created by members of the McNair community.  Our hope is to be able to post some of the promising practices taking place in the different programs.  Please free to email us at with documents that you might be willing to share with others.

National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program Resources

The following NSF GRFP resources have been created by Dr. Robin Walker for use by the McNair community.  The repository can be found here. 

In Pursuit of Funding for Graduate School: Presented at the 2018 Heartland McNair Research Conference

Writing GRFP Statements: Presented by Dr. Robin Walker

2020 McNair Promising Practices Presentations

McNair Promising Practices Institute Agenda

McNair Promising Practices Institute Grad School Resources Guide

Session I: McNair Who? Raising the Profile of the McNair Scholars Program on Your Campus – Jon Crider, Texas Tech University

Session II: Financial Literacy and Planning: A McNair Scholar’s Research and Student-Centered Approach – Alice Ho & Janet Rivera, UCLA

Session III: Using Google Sites form Program Implementation – Sarah Ritter, Boise State University

Session IV: Diversifying the Graduate School Pipeline: One Story of an Unlikely McNair Alliance to Address Institution and Economic Realities – Anthony Albecker & Bai Vue, University of Minnesota -Twin Cities

Session V: IDEA Dialogues: Formulating a Scholar Identity via Critical Discussions – Siobhán Hicks & Liz Piatt, Kent State University

Session VI: Calibrating scholars’ academic needs with McNair programming and the Annual Performance Report – “Tina” (Maria Cristina) Tavera, Augsburg University

Session VII: Training Our Brains for Success – Lynn Curry, Central Michigan University

Development of MPPI Action Plans – Diana Elrod, MPPI Faculty

Break Out Session I:

Serving Multiple Campuses: Best Practices for Recruiting and Program Management – Sharon Lee White , University of South Carolina; Jamie Motley, Saint Louis University; & Anthony Albecker, University of Minnesota

Building Campus Partnerships and Institutionalizing McNair – Drew Johnson, University of North Carolina Central University

Break Out Session II:

Maximizing McNair Staff Efficiency through Collaborative Partnerships and Internships – Jamie D. Motley & Anthony D. Parker-Gills, St. Louis University

Avoiding Avoidance Behaviors: Attacking the GRE Head On – Julianne Reynolds, University of North Georgia

Break Out Session III:

Ensuring Compliance of Your Scholars’ Research – Working with your Institutional Compliance Officer – Kari Azevedo, University of Central Missouri

Teaching Research Methods to Prepare McNair Scholars for Graduate-Level Research – Thelma Harding & Ashley Garrin, Iowa State University

Break Out Session IV:

A Year-Long GRE Preparation Seminar Supported by Graduate Studies at the University of California Davis – Jose M. Ballesteros, Jacques Bowyer & Juan Cervantes, University of California, Davis

Recruitment Methods that Work! – Ricardo Romero, University of New Mexico

Break Out Session V:

Analytical Writing Strategies to Improve McNair Scholar GRE Writing Scores and Build Skills for the Graduate School Application – Cynthia Dukich, Eastern Washington University

Creating High-Impact Research Collaboration: The EMU McNair Team Challenge – Heather Neff & Kimberly Brown, Eastern Michigan University

2019 McNair Promising Practices Presentations

Lynn Curry, Central Michigan University – Mental Health in Graduate School

Lynn Curry, Central Michigan University – General Wellness Resource

John Mateja, Goldwater Foundation – Going for the Gold Goldwater

Diana Elrod, MPPI Faculty – MPPI Action Plans – Part 1

Diana Elrod, MPPI Faculty – MPPI Action Plans – Part 2

Mary Gonzalez, MPPI Faculty – Managing Your McNair Budget

Jamie Motley & Anthony Gills, Saint Louis University – Facilitating McNair Scholar & Faculty Mentor Relationships through Learning Agreements.

Jamie Motley & Anthony Gills, Saint Louis University – SLU McNair Learning Agreement Sample

Jeremy Bloss & Natalie Downer, University of Missouri – Recruitment Pipeline: and Overview of a Scholar Prep Program

Anthony Albecker, University of Minnesota – The Resilient McNair Practitioner: Overcoming Burnout

Margaret Shull & Kari Azevedo, University of Central Missouri – Information Literacy in McNair Scholars Programs

Samesha Barnes & Tyisha Hathorn, University of Florida – Building a Strong Relationship with the Graduate School at Your Institution

Ricardo Romero & Jennifer Payne, University of New Mexico – Statement of Purpose Boot Camp: A Model for Coaching Scholars to Write Effective Admissions Essays

Lynn Curry, Central Michigan University – Grad App Tracker: Optimizing the Grad Application Process

Abraham Pena-Talamantes, Suffolk University – Recruit, Report, Repeat: Best Practices in Data Collection, Tracking, and Reporting for the McNair APR and How to Use it to Drive Your Program’s Success

Isabela Corzo, Florida International University – Creating a Social Media Presence.

Troy Abfalter, The College of St. Scholastica – Less Time, Better Results: A Systems Approach to Evidence-Based Program Improvement

Juan Francisco EstevaMartinez, University of California Berkeley – National Association of McNair Scholars Programs Directors Initiative

Colleen Smith, University of Central Florida – Individual Development Plans to Aid Undergraduates in Graduate School Preparation

Don Brunson, Vanderbilt University – Summer Research – Early Identification Program (SR-EIP)

2018 McNair Promising Practices Presentations

Preparing Scholars for Competitive Fellowships Part I:

Preparing Scholars for Competitive Fellowships Part II:

McNair Life Cycle: Nuts and Bolts

Celebrating Scholar Success: Developing a Social Media Presence

Celebrating Scholar Success: Social Media Worksheet

Wellness for McNair Scholars

Digital Storytelling – Presentation

Digital Storytelling – Worksheet

Developing Academic and Summer Program Curriculum

2018 McNair Promising Practices Graduate School Fair Participants

The University of Minnesota: Graduate Recruitment Resources

The University of Minnesota – Summer Research Programs

Michigan State University – Summer Research Program Brochure

Michigan State University – Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP)

Vanderbilt University – Graduate School

Washington State University – Graduate School

Miami University – McNair Graduate Assistantship

University of Rochester – Graduate Visitation Program

University of Rochester – Research Opportunities

2017 McNair Promising Practices Presentations

2016 McNair Promising Practices Presentations

2015 McNair Promising Practices Presentations