Boise State McNair Scholars Program

We work with eligible undergraduate students in their last 2 years at BSU preparing them for graduate school. McNair is a federally funded college TRIO program.

We provide seminars, research and travel opportunities, and instruction on how to apply to and get paid to attend graduate school. The Boise State McNair Scholars Program serves students from groups underrepresented in graduate education and first generation college students from low-income backgrounds, preparing them for graduate studies.

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McNair Alumni, our program is 20 years old and we are celebrating! We sent out an invitation on Oct. 1st. Please check your spam folder if you did not receive an invite or DM with your email so that we can invite you.


✨McNair Graduate Highlight✨
Halima Hamud is a Spring 2022 McNair graduate who received a B.S. in Political Science.

During her time at Boise State, Halima was very involved in the campus community. She served as president of the Multilingual Student Alliance and founded The Circle of Excellence, both of which provide resources and workshops to young refugee students on campus and in the community. In 2021, she was named a Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholar and was awarded the prestigious Harry S. Truman scholarship. 👏👏

This summer, Halima will be in Washington DC to intern for Catalogue for Philanthropy as a Nonprofit Program Manager. In the fall, Halima she will begin her master’s in Development Practices at the University of Minnesota where she received a full-tuition scholarship as well as the Minnesota Provost’s Professional Education Diversity Fellowship, which includes a stipend of $25,000. 🎉

Congratulations Halima! We are so proud of all you have accomplished!


✨McNair Graduate Highlight✨
Jasiel Ramirez is a Spring 2022 Boise State University McNair graduate who received a B.S. in Sociology and Ethnic Studies, with minors in Latin American Studies, Mexican-American Studies, Gender Studies, and an intermediate Spanish Certificate. 👏👏

In August, Jasiel will enter the Environmental Humanities MS program at The University of Utah. Jasiel was also awarded the Mellon Community Fellowship which consists of an annual stipend of $20,000, summer funding of $5,000, more funding for travel and research, health care benefit, and a full tuition waiver. 🎉

Congratulations Jasiel! We can’t wait to see where your new academic endeavors take you!


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Dustin Dang Nguyen graduated this spring with a B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering. In August, Dustin will be entering the Materials Science and Engineering PhD program at Arizona State University, where he was awarded the Dean’s Fellowship. The fellowship includes full tuition, health insurance, and $30,000 annual stipend for four years. Congratulations Dustin!


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Gerardo Herrera Barriga graduated last week with a B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering and a minor in applied Mathematics. He will be entering the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Northeastern University this fall. He will be focusing on wireless communication. Congratulations Gerardo!


Congratulations class of 2022!! ✨You did it! ✨


McNair Scholar Alejandra Hernandez was recently interviewed for a KTVB news article about the harmful effects of pesticides and how new research aims to protect Idaho’s farmworkers.

Alejandra, a current research assistant at Boise State and former Idaho farmworker, recounts her first-hand experience in the article.

Read the full article here and find out about all the hard work and research that is going into protecting Idaho’s farmworkers!


Join us at 2:00pm today for a McNair info session! Have you ever thought about going to graduate school, but aren't sure how to get there? The McNair Scholars Program can help!

The McNair Scholars Program prepares undergraduate students for grad school by offering assistance with GRE prep, grad school applications, and securing funding. We also provide research, professional conference, and networking opportunities!

If you'd like to learn more, join us this afternoon via Zoom!
Zoom link here:


✨McNair Scholar Highlight✨
Ulises Trujillo-Garcia was recently featured in the U.S. Department of Education blog! His article, titled "Challenge, Opportunities, and Wisdom", is an account of how the College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) and TRIO have helped him succeed as a first-generation student.

During his time at Boise State, Ulises has participated in the CAMP and TRIO Rising Scholars programs and he is now a current McNair Scholar. He will graduate with a degree in Civil Engineering in Spring 2022.

Congratulations on your amazing article Ulises! Read the full article here:


We love to see our scholars’ hard work pay off! Congratulations to McNair alum Ahmed Muhumed who recently had his research article published in the Journal of International Humanitarian Action. The article, co-authored with Boise State Assistant Professor, Dr. Selah Ahmed, is titled “Educational Inequality in the Kebribeyah Somali Refugee Camp in Ethiopia: An Autoethnography”. The article, based primarily on Ahmed's first-hand experience in the Somali refugee camp in Ethiopia, investigates how education inequality can adversely impact social cohesion in crisis contexts.

Ahmed graduated from Boise State in Fall 2020 and is currently a graduate student at Florida State University. He is pursuing his Masters in International Affairs.

Congratulations on a very well deserved publication, Ahmed!

The full article is available at:

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Halima Hamud, who was awarded the Harry S. Truman Scholarship in April, has recently been announced as a finalist for two additional prestigious awards. Halima is a finalist for both the Pickering Fellowship and the Rangel Scholarship.

The Pickering Fellowship prepares recipients for careers in foreign service. The fellowship finances two-year graduate programs, provides two summer internships, and offers mentoring from a foreign service officer. The Rangel Scholarship awards its fellows with two years of graduate funding and domestic internships on Capitol Hill.

“When I received that ‘congratulations’ email I was so happy and eager for my future. I have been involved in my community as an advocate and bridge builder. And now as a finalist, it demonstrates that I am being encouraged to pursue my higher academic in public service.”

Congratulations Halima! 🎉

Read the full article about Halima's achievements here:


Happy graduation day! Congratulations to the class of 2021!

McNair Scholar Sarah Bofukya Bope graduates with a B.S. in Biology with a Cellular, Molecular, and Biomedical emphasis. Sarah plans to take the MCAT this summer and apply to medical school next year. She hopes to pursue a MD-PhD.

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As the semester comes to an end we want to look back and highlight some of our scholars and their incredible accomplishments over this past year:

• Zoë Hutchinson, Graduate Research Fellowship Program award winner
• Jessica Mueller, Graduate Research Fellowship Program honorable mention
• Halima Hamud, recipient of the the prestigious Harry S. Truman Scholarship
• Sierra Kistler, Boise State Top Ten Scholar
• Karla Magaña, Boise State Top Ten Scholar
• Jason Ward, Boise State Top Ten Scholar

Congratulations to all of our graduating scholars for all of their accomplishments, hard work, and research that they have done over this last year! 🎉🎉

Read more about their achievements here:

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Congratulations to McNair Scholar Halima Hamud for being awarded the prestigious Harry S. Truman Scholarship for her tremendous academic success and leadership accomplishments! 🎉🎉

Halima is one of just 62 scholarship recipients across the country and is Boise State’s fifth recipient of the prestigious award.

Halima is a model of leadership and advocacy both on campus and in the Boise community. She advocates for students from various backgrounds and works to elevate marginalized voices. She started the first African Student Association at Boise State in 2019 as well as The Circle of Excellence, which provides refugee women with a safe place to share their experiences.

“Halima is a model of wisdom, intelligence, generosity, thoughtfulness and care for her community. An extraordinary person, she is committed to using her education to make the world a better place. We are so proud of her accomplishments and this exceptional honor.” - Boise State University President Marlene Tromp

Read more about Halima, her background, and all of her incredible accomplishments here:

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