The McNair Scholars Program is designed to prepare highly talented undergraduates to pursue doctoral degrees and to increase the number of individuals (from target groups) on college and university faculties. The McNair Scholars are highly talented undergraduate students whose parents have no 4-year college degree and are lower-income, or students in ethnic groups underrepresented at the graduate level for doctoral studies. The program accepts students from all disciplines. The McNair Scholars receive academic counseling, advising, and GRE preparation. In addition, they're matched with a Ph.D. faculty mentor to conduct research and attend a research conference to present their findings. In the first semester of their senior year, the scholars receive assistance with the graduate school application process. McNair Scholars is a TRiO program funded through the United States Department of Education and Grand Valley State University.