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The Graduate School and the Center for Inclusive Excellence in Graduate Education (CIE) are committed to increasing the number of underrepresented students in graduate education, and foster their successful transition to graduate school, support them through degree completion and post-graduate plans.

In an effort to increase the number of underrepresented students, we have established initiatives, including partnering with others around the country, to provide students with broader opportunities. Below is a brief description of those initiatives.

Request Recruitment Materials

The Graduate School has developed a suite of promotional materials for recruitment and informational purposes. Email Dr. Arouca ( to request MU Graduate School recruitment materials for events such as graduate and career fairs, prospective graduate students’ visits, and/or national conferences. In the email, please include the name of the event, the date you need the materials, and the quantity. Requests will be answered within a week to 10 days of requests made on business days.

McNair Scholars Directory

The McNair Scholars Directory (MSD) is designed to provide graduate schools with access to McNair Scholars who have expressed an interest in pursuing graduate school. Directory records contain information on recent graduates, seniors, and rising seniors.

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National Name Exchange

Founded in 1976, the National Name Exchange (NNE) is a consortium of fifty-five nationally known universities which annually collect and exchange the names of their talented but underrepresented ethnic minority students who are in their sophomore, junior, or senior year of their undergraduate education.

The purpose of the Exchange is to ensure that participating universities continue to identify a pool of qualified students who could be recruited to the graduate programs at these institutions.

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The National GEM Consortium

The mission of The National GEM Consortium is to enhance the value of the nation’s human capital by increasing the participation of underrepresented groups (African Americans, American Indians, and Hispanic Americans) at the master’s and doctoral levels in engineering and science.

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Recruitment Toolkit

Recruiting students can be a complicated, time-consuming, and even overwhelming process that takes a great amount of attention, organization, and preparation. CIE is curating a webpage with information to help MU graduate programs in developing their recruitment strategies.

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