Undergraduate Research

Undergraduate Research

WSU McNair Scholars program educates students to the benefits of access to world-class level faculty this research university provides. Conducting research as an undergraduate distinguishes McNair Scholars as it provides a level of scholarly knowledge many other students do not obtain with a baccalaureate degree.

  • Orientation to research labs
  • Relationship with research mentor
  • Insight into the life of graduate schools
  • Exposure to scholarly network through conference attendance

While there are over 200 McNair Scholars Programs nationwide, Wayne State University distinguishes itself through its high achievement standards and commitment to the program ideals. Part of what makes McNair so wonderful for undergraduates is the many opportunities for conference travel it offers.  The value of attending conferences is at the heart of the WSU McNair Scholars Program as it introduces undergraduates to the life of professional scholars, offers exposure to faculty from all over the country and enriches individual pride in research.

Sara Cole Presenting Research Poster

Yusuf Anderson Presenting Research


List of Conferences Attended Annually by Wayne State McNair Scholars 
September -University of New Mexico Research & Leadership Conference – Albuquerque, New Mexico
October/November- University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign National McNair Research Conference & Graduate Fair – Delavan, Wisconsin
November- Wayne State University Undergraduate Research Conference – Detroit, Michigan
January- North Carolina A & T State National Research Symposium– Greensboro, North Carolina 

February- Oklahoma State University Research Symposium & Research Scholar Conference – Stillwater, Oklahoma

March-University of Maryland McNair Scholars and Undergraduate Research National Conference – College Park, Maryland

April- National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) – Various Locations
July- University at Buffalo McNair Research Conference – Niagara Falls, NY
List of All McNair Conferences