McNair Scholar Visitation Program

U of M mall in the spring

Welcome McNair Programs and Scholars!   

During the Summer 2018, we invite McNair Programs to our Graduate School Visitation Program held once a month (June 19, July 17, and Aug 7, 2018) on the Twin Cities campus. The day consists of a presentation about the process of applying for admission to graduate programs. The students are encourage to meet with faculty and staff in their desired program(s) to discuss research interests and to learn about the program(s), and receive a staff-led tour of the campus. Our last summer McNair Visitation Program was highly successful; over 200 McNair Scholars attended. Scholars come as far away as California, Texas and Florida. For more information please contact Derek Maness at 612-625-3524 or at

We encouraged students to attend the 27th Annual McNair Scholar Poster Session that will be held on August 7 from 2:30-4:00 in the Mississippi Room in Coffman Memorial Union AND our annual Summer Undergraduate Research Symposium held on August 9 from 9:30-11:30am in the McNamara Alumni Center. 

Please register on-line at:

Days of Events:

Tuesday, June 19, Room Tate Hall 101
Tuesday, July 17, Room Nicholson Hall 35 
Tuesday, August 7, Room Nicholson Hall 35

  • 8:30am - 9:00am:  Beverages and meet Graduate School/ODGE Staff
  • 9am - 10:30am:  Applying to Graduate Schools Presentation
  • 10:30am - 11:30am:  Campus Tour (optional)
  • 11:30 am - 4:30pm: Lunch and Faculty/Staff appointments

Please arrive by 8:30 A.M.,  At 9:00 A.M. sharp there will be a Graduate School Admission staff presentation about the process of applying for admission to a graduate program.  After the presentation you'll have the opportunity to take a one hour staff-led tour of the campus starting at approximately 10:15 A.M..  Following the tour at 11:15 A.M., students are encouraged to meet with faculty and staff of their desired program to discuss research interests and learn about the program.

Past Summer Visitors

U of Illinois--Urbana Champaign,  U of Central Florida, U of Kansas,  U of Nothern Texas, Sonoma State U-California, St. Olaf C, Augsburg C, UW-Superior, UW-Eau Claire, UW-LaCrosse, UW-Stout, UW-Milwaukee, UW-Oskosh, U of Northern Iowa, Beloit College, C of St. Scholastica, U of St. Thomas, Bemidji State U, California State Polytechnic U - Pomona,  U of San Diego, U of Arkansas,  Harding U (AR), U of Montevallo-Alabama,  U Central Missouri, Northern Michigan U, U of North Dakota, Marquette U and U of Minnesota.

Get Connected! 

We encourage McNair Scholars to complete the Graduate School's "Request for Information Form" so they can receive important information about Graduate Program(s) and the application process. This is not a listserv, but rather just a helpful resource for those interested in studying at the University. You'll get a few emails until you decide to become an applicant.


McNair Scholar Resources at the University of Minnesota (click here) 

McNair Packets
Upon arrival students will be given a packet of information that will include the following, as well as other pertinent information: 


Faculty/Staff Appointments 

To set up an appointment for specific programs, please go to the Twin Cities Graduate Program website at Select the desired program and click on "Graduate Program At-A-Glance" in order to obtain the contact information of the DGS (Director of Graduate Studies) and DGS Assistant (Plan Level Coordinator) of the program.  We recommend that you start with the DGS Assistant.


Students interested in Anthropology should note that faculty are most likely doing field research during the summer. However, the faculty are very keen to talk to McNair Scholars. We recommend that you identify faculty you are interested in working with and contact them directly at: Faculty will be happy to have a conversation with you by phone or Skype.

Students interested in the Biomedical Engineering Graduate Program are invited to contact Rachel Jorgenson, Biomedical Engineering Graduate Program Coordinator,  612-624-8396bmengp@umn.edu

Students interested in the Biomedical Sciences Graduate Programs are invited to contact Jon Gottesman, Ph.D. - Director, Office of Recruiting for the Biomedical Sciences Graduate Programs, G-254 Mayo MMC 293, 420 Delaware Street SE, Minneapolis, 612.624-1181,
  • Biochemistry, Molecular Biology & Biophysics 
  • Integrative Biology and Physiology 
  • Molecular, Cellular, Developmental Biology & Genetics
  • Microbiology, Immunology & Cancer Biology
  • Neuroscience 
  • Pharmacology

Students interested in School of Nursing please contact:  Student and Career Advancement Services, School of Nursing, 612-625-7980

Students interested in School of Public Affairs please contact: Dan Cheng,  Associate Director of Recruiting and Admissions, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, 612-624-3800,

Students interested in School of Public Health please contact: Crystal Esparza at, School of Public Health, Office of Admissions and Student Resources.


Students interested in the School of Social Work please contact:  Zer Vang, MSW, Director of Admissions, School of Social Work, vang0655@umn.edu

Students interested in Psychology should be aware that the University of Minnesota has a wealth of programs that may be appropriate for your visit. For more information or to figure out which area might be the best fit for you, please contact the staff listed. Below are some of our programs with a psychology focus:

For interest in the Biological Psychopathology, Clinical Science and Psychopathology Research, or Personality, Individual Differences, and Behavior Genetics PhD programs, please email Amanda Suchy ( or by phone at (612) 625-2546.  
For interest in the Counseling Psychology PhD program, please email Amy Kranz ( or by phone at (612) 625-3873
For interest in the Cognitive and Brain Sciences, I/O, Social, or Quantitative Methods PhD programs, please email Heidi Wolff ( or by phone at (612) 625-5085

Psychology in the College of Liberal Arts, containing the fields of

More graduate programs in the Psychology field:

If you need help in selecting an appropriate program please contact Derek Maness at 612-625-3524 or at,

Hotel Recommendations

These hotels are recommendations and are not endorsed by the University of Minnesota. 

The following accommodations are close to the University of Minnesota. Be sure to ask for the University of Minnesota rate when making a reservation. The Commons Hotel is on the East Bank campus only 15 minute walk to Walter 101, the location of the presentation; the students would also have access to the U of MN Recreational Center. The Courtyard Minneapolis Downtown - Marriott is on the West Bank campus two blocks from the Carlson School of Management building. The Days Inn is on the eastern edge of the East Bank campus (about a 20-minute walk).

The Graduate Hotel (East Bank Campus)
615 Washington Avenue, Minneapolis
(612) 379-8888
Approx $134/night + tax + parking
(to include:  The U of MN Recreational Center
The Common Hotel is located on the Metro Train Green Line  - Stadium Village Station


 Days Inn
 2407 University Avenue SE, Minneapolis
 Approx $69/night + tax
 Sleeps 1-4 people
 Includes continental breakfast, free local phone service, and free shuttle service to the University.

 Courtyard Minneapolis Downtown - Marriott
 1500 Washington Avenue, Minneapolis
 (612) 333-4646
 Approx $122/night single + tax + parking