Checklist for McNair Program Eligibility

1._________________ You want to receive a Ph.D. and plan on going to graduate school immediately after finishing at GVSU.

2._________________ You are a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident.

3._________________ You have a GPA of 2.8 or higher if you are a sophomore, OR You have a GPA of 3.0 or higher if you are a junior.

4._________________ You are a first-generation college student (meaning that neither of your parents who raised you or with whom you are living have received a bachelors degree) and low income.
OR You are part of an ethnic and/or racial minority that is underrepresented in Ph.D. programs (Hispanic/Latino, American Indian/Alaskan Native, Black or African American, White, Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander).

If you can answer yes to all four of the above points, you should contact the McNair office as early in your undergraduate program as possible. In order to be eligible for summer research, you must have another year before you graduate. For more information, you can reach Director Dolli Lutes via phone at (616) 331-3441 or via e-mail at

If you answer no to any of the above points, it is not likely that you are eligible for the program. Other programs you may be interested in include Student Summer Scholars.

Related Resources:

Does my major qualify?
Im a senior. Is it too late to become a McNair scholar?
Im a sophomore. Is it too early to become a McNair scholar?
What if Im interested in a professional degree (J.D., M.D., M.B.A., etc.) and I still want to participate?

Page last modified February 18, 2015