Faculty Mentors

The faculty mentor should have a genuine interest in the student’s future, believe in the student’s abilities and potential to succeed in graduate school, empower and support the student, and provide the student with opportunities to strengthen their graduate school application portfolio. 

If you are interested in receiving more information or becoming a faculty mentor, please let us know by completing the interest form here

If you would like to nominate a student that you feel will be a good fit for the program, click here


Faculty Mentor of the Year Award

Each year, McNair Scholars are asked to nominate their faculty mentors for the Annual Faculty Mentor of the Year Award to be announced at the Annual McNair Research Symposium and Banquet in April. In their nominations, Scholars are asked to state not only why they feel their mentor is deserving of the recognition, but also about how the relationship has prepared them for graduate school.

The 2017 recipient of the McNair Faculty Mentor of the Year award is Dr. Ganesh Balasubramanian Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, nominated by Mouhamad Diallo.  In Mouhamad’s nomination, he noted Dr. Ganesh “has been astonishing and positive ever since I started working with him. He is an amazing faculty mentor, who always want his students to be the best.”

We thank our outstanding mentors for their involvement with our Scholars! 

Past Recipients

 2016: Dr. Ryan Smith, Entomology 

 2015: Dr. Donald Sakaguchi, Genetics, Development and Cell Biology

 2014: Dr. Clark Coffman, Genetics, Development and Cell Biology