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Program Benefits


  • Paid ($2,800 from McNair and an additional $3,200 from Augsburg; plus a room and board stipend) summer research internship under the mentorship of a faculty member.
  • Free non-credit McNair Intensive Seminar (MIS), a two-day retreat with rigorous academic programming.
  • Tuition-free 2 academic credit course, McNair 301: Research in the Disciplines.
  • Opportunities for paid conference travel and professional presentation of original research.
  • Fee waivers for graduate applications and graduate fellowships designated for McNair Scholars only.
  • Intensive GRE preparation, the test required for admittance into many graduate programs.
  • GRE test fee reduction (50% off).
  • Assistance in securing admission and financial aid for enrollment in graduate programs.
  • Acculturation to the graduate school experience.
  • Academic and career counseling.
  • Sharpened writing and oral presentation skills.
  • Social and cultural activities.
  • Scholars who present their research receive Augsburg Experience credit.
  • The chance to be a part of a motivated, diverse and supportive learning community!

In compliance with IRS regulations, student researchers will receive a 1099-MISC form in January for the total amount of your research stipend and housing stipend (if you lived on campus) of the prior year. The funding for research stipends granted by Augsburg University and federal funds is taxable income and recipients are responsible for reporting these financial awards on their individual tax returns, if applicable.