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Most universities run special programs in summers. During these summer research internship programs the McNair scholars are given ample opportunity to interact with the faculty mentors and advance in their field of study. These programs run over a period of a few weeks and the complete program schedule is fixed much in advance. The scholars undertake research projects under the guidance of their mentors. Besides the summer program includes seminars, workshops conferences, lectures, educational visits to other universities, informal interaction sessions with the faculty, weekly discussions with the faculty etc. Each student is given a stipend in installments during the summer programs. They are also given the facilities of accommodation during the period of the summer research internship. The scholars have to submit a report on the research that they carry out during this period. In case a student can not attend the summer programs he can attend monthly seminars and conferences to get motivation, for counseling and information.

The McNair scholars get opportunities to attend conferences and seminars at a national level as well. These visits are fully funded under the program. The students can visit the national conferences and make presentations on the research work undertaken by them. Such visits are very informative as the students get to share their knowledge and learn about the other researches being carried out in their field of interest.

In order to pursue their academic interests these scholars are given access to libraries and other information centers. They can go through the latest research journals, books, McNair newsletters, graduate schools catalogue etc in such centers. They also are provided access to other sources of information and study.


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The McNair staff helps scholars with extensive preparation for the GRE, besides other facilities. You shall be guided at every step of the graduate admission process. The staff shall help you shortlist suitable colleges according to your needs and interests. There are a number of colleges which offer scholarships to eligible students. Some of them give a Graduate School Application Fee Waiver to McNair scholars. This opportunity you can avail only if you have the required certificate of being a participant of the McNair program. The staff helps you obtain the certificate and select such colleges before you register for the GRE. The Fee Waivers are also granted to some McNair scholars depending on who qualify for it.

Further you shall be given timely, systematic and professional guidance on how to crack the GRE. This is a tough exam and one has to dedicate three to four months to study for the exam. Universities run special preparation programs for McNair scholars who have to appear for the exam. You shall be prepared for the exam through a well planned preparation program. Initially you will be tested for your strengths and shortcomings through a test which is a replica of the real GRE. Then you shall be given guidance accordingly on how to overcome your week points and how to exploit your qualities to the maximum.

The GRE is divided into three sections: Verbal Section, Quantitative Section and Analytical Writing Analysis Section. For the Analytical Writing Assessment section two essays have to be written whereas the remaining two sections have multiple choice questions. Each of these sections has to be prepared for exclusively, there is none which can be ignored. McNair Scholars Program on GRE preparation does exactly that. The participants are given thorough preparation for the different sections of the exam. Each section is taught separately and students are told strategies, tricks and tactics to score in them. You shall be given study material as well. Depending on the university, the McNair scholars are provided with GRE preparation books, GRE preparation CDs, GRE preparation guidelines and strategies.

In addition to teaching the McNair faculty also provides the McNair scholars an opportunity to practice for the computer adaptive exam, CAT GRE. This practice is very essential as it makes the test taker familiar with the format of the CAT. Moreover those who are not acquainted with a computer can learn about its functioning and be better prepared for the CAT.

The scholars undergo a number of full practice tests before the actual test. This helps them get a simulation of the real GRE. They learn how to solve the exam within the time constraints and with regular practice master the art of time management for the test. Furthermore these practice tests are scored in the same style as the GRE and the McNair scholars can predict how they shall perform in the exam. They get an idea of where they stand in the competition and how far they are from achieving their goals. McNair staff is generally well trained and the preparation program conducted by them is considered to be very fruitful.

A participant in this program also gets to attend seminars and workshops for preparation of GRE. He gets financial aid to visit two to three graduate schools in order to examine them closely and to make a choice of which college he wants to apply to.

The McNair Scholars Program is demanding in terms of time and commitment. A student with an average interest in studies might find it difficult to keep motivated and attend the projects. Hence only inspired students should opt for being a part of this Program. Once you are a part of the program you get immense opportunity to advance in your field of interest. You get the best of guidance, information and exposure which is required for deciding what you have to pursue in life. In return the program only demands your time and the drive and passion to learn.

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