The Dr. Ronald E. McNair Scholars Institute at UNLV is committed to diversifying the ranks of American faculty and research institutions by encouraging and preparing undergraduate students who are members of underrepresented groups to pursue doctoral studies.


Terri Bernstein, MA Ed.
Assistant Director for Undergraduate Research and McNair Scholars Institute


  • Assistance with graduate school application materials
  • Paid undergraduate research under the guidance of a professor
  • Funded travel to academic research conferences
  • Academic counseling and tutoring
  • Fee waivers for graduate school applications
  • Workshops for Ph.D. program preparation
  • Assistance with financial aid, including scholarships and fellowship applications
  • GRE (Graduate Record Examination) preparation seminar


Students are eligible if they meet the following criteria:

  • Are a U.S. Citizen or eligible non-citizen
  • Have completed at least 59 credits
  • Have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • Qualify as a low-income and a first-generation college student or as a member of a group underrepresented in graduate education
  • Must be an undergraduate

What is the Cost?

There is no charge other than your commitment to education. Your future is your responsibility!


CAEO Campus-Based Programs - Participant Application

For more information regarding the submission of your application, or if you have any further questions, please contact us by phone 702-895-4777, or by email caeocollegeprograms@unlv.edu