McNair Scholars Program

The McNair Scholars Program prepares talented, highly motivated UConn undergraduate students for doctoral studies in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) disciplines. As part of UConn’s TRIO programs, McNair is open to low-income, first-generation college students or those from populations underrepresented in STEM graduate fields who are seeking to pursue a Ph.D. degree.

McNair Scholars are paired with faculty mentors for academic enrichment, research, and internships. Students also participate in workshops, seminars, and conferences designed to help them secure admission to doctoral programs and obtain financial resources for graduate study.

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Early College Experience

UConn Early College Experience (UConn ECE) is a concurrent enrollment program that allows motivated high school students to take UConn courses at their high schools for both high school and college credit. Every course taken through UConn ECE is equivalent to the same course at the University of Connecticut. Students benefit by taking college courses in a setting that is both familiar and conducive to learning. The University of Connecticut certifies high school teachers to serve as UConn ECE Instructors and teach UConn courses. Established in 1955, UConn Early College Experience is the nation's longest running concurrent enrollment program and is accredited by The National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships.

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Pre-College Summer

UConn Pre-College Summer (PCS) is committed to providing a safe and supportive living-learning environment, allowing high school students to explore their academic interests, while gaining knowledge of institutional activities and social environments on a college campus. PCS serves as an exploratory experience where students will gain an understanding of the college classroom through interactions with engaging University faculty and explore the nuances of college-life and transitioning to college at a nationally ranked public University.

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RESESS is an undergraduate internship program in the Earth sciences hosted by UNAVCO in Boulder, Colorado, that is dedicated to increasing diversity in the geosciences. The goal of the RESESS internship program is to increase the number of students from groups that are underrepresented in the geosciences relative to their proportions in the general population.

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Other in progess outreach activities

  • Cretaceous-Paleogene Mass Extinction Mural
  • Pliocene Climate Data Plotter
  • Climate Model Webinars