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The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill McNair Scholars Program serves 25 undergraduate, first generation, low income, and traditionally underrepresented students in higher education. Our objective is to prepare students for success in doctoral programs by providing intensive research experiences, one-on-one mentoring relationships with faculty, graduate school application guidance, and assistance in interpreting the professional graduate education culture.

McNair Scholars participate in workshops and seminars throughout the year to prepare and learn about research and graduate school. During the summer before their senior year, scholars participate in an intensive eight-week research internship. Scholars present their research locally and nationally at McNair Scholar Conferences.

The Graduate Assistant position for the McNair Scholars Program is an essential support role to the Assistant Director and Director of TRiO programs. This position is a year round position requiring availability in the Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters. For a detailed list of the McNair Graduate Assistant duties click here:

Compensation and Time Commitment:

  • The Graduate Assistant must be able to commit 20 hours per week to the program
  • The Graduate Assistant will receive a stipend of $18,000 (please note that this is a stipend only and does not include tuition assistance).
  • Ideal candidate will be able to commit at least two years as a GA to the program.

How to Apply:
Please send a thoughtful cover letter outlining how your experiences align with the required qualifications, a Curriculum Vitae, and three references to Porsha Hughes, Program Assistant,, Carolina Higher Education Opportunity Programs, by Friday, March 18th.

Start Date:
This position will start in late May or early June 2016.

For more information about the McNair Program visit our website:

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