Program Requirements

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Dr. Jessica Gordon Nembhard
Program Director
African American Studies
Room 9.63.07 NB

Dr. Ernest Lee
Associate Director
Room 9.63.11 NB

Ms. Stephanie Rojas
Program Assistant 
Room 9.63.01 NB


McNair – A Two-Year Program

Fall Semester: Scholars attend the Monday/Wednesday labs on graduate school and research which are scheduled for 6th Period (3:30 - 4:50 PM).

Spring Semester: Scholars participate in a three-credit spring semester research seminar.

Summer Term: Scholars participate in an intensive eight-week summer research experience.

During the entire duration of the McNair program, a scholar should:

  • Schedule meetings to actively engage in research with a faculty mentor
  • Maintain a grade point average of 3.0 or above and advance towards your degree at John Jay College
  • Attend McNair activities
  • Schedule regular meetings with the McNair Associate Director to discuss any concerns you may have
  • Take a GRE prep course and exam as scheduled
  • Apply to graduate schools and apply for financial aid early in the senior year