About The Program 

The McNairy Library Research Fellows Program cultivates research communities of practice through two tracks open to first- and second-year undergraduate students. The communities thrive on collaboration, with fellows and mentors freely exchanging creative and innovative ideas to enhance fellows’ research.  

The program provides unique opportunities for you to: 

  • earn a stipend for your involvement, 
  • pursue a research question of interest,  
  • prepare for future employment and/or graduate school,  
  • learn with and from peers, 
  • enhance critical thinking and research skills, 
  • and improve time and project management skills. 

Previous Independent Projects pursued by McNairy Library Research Fellows

Track 1: Research Fellows Startup

Commitment: 1 semester, 5-8 hours per week including regular meetings  

Focus: research exploration, community building, and funding opportunities in a multidisciplinary community 

Applicants: first-generation college students and/or minoritized students are prioritized, but all students in any major are welcome to apply

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Track 2: Music Research Fellows Program   

Commitment: 3 semesters, 5-8 hours per week including regular meetings 

Focus: independent research project, conference presentation, and peer mentoring in a music-focused community

Applicants: students majoring in music  

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