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McNulty Scholars at Hunter College

The application portal for the next cycle of the McNulty Scholars Program will open in Spring 2022

Welcome to the John P. McNulty Scholars Program for Leadership in Science and Math at Hunter College.

The McNulty Scholars program aims to support undergraduate women of all backgrounds to strive for leadership roles in science and math and create a culture that nurtures their professional success.

The application form for the next cycle will be made available in Spring 2022.

A McNulty Scholar presenting work at the Hunter Undergraduate Research Conference

McNulty Scholars

McNulty Scholars must work in a research lab at Hunter or a nearby institution (e.g., Belfer, Rockefeller, Memorial-Sloan Kettering, American Museum of Natural History) for at least 8-10 hours per week. A research lab does not need to be identified at the time applications are submitted. Additional requirements include attending biweekly professional development sessions and presenting at the Hunter College Undergraduate Research Conference.

McNulty Scholars are supported for up to two years. Scholars receive a stipend of $6,000 per academic year for doing research and financial support for conference attendance. Faculty mentors also receive $500 per year for their lab expenses.

Candidates for this program will be outstanding undergraduate women who meet the following criteria:

  • Full-time student
  • Declared major in a STEM field such as biology, biochemistry, chemistry, computer science, mathematics, statistics, physics, or psychology-neuroscience concentration
  • Starting their junior year in Fall 2021 or have at least 60 credits (rising juniors’ applications will be prioritized, but senior applications are also welcomed)

Students will be evaluated based on:

  • Demonstrated interest in STEM research and/or interest in pursuing post-graduate education in a STEM field.
  • Transcript and GPA
  • Demonstrated maturity and leadership in academic and/or community activities and an interest in continued leadership activities.

To apply, students must complete the application, as well as submit unofficial transcripts, answer essay questions and submit a letter of recommendation from a faculty member, instructor, administrator, or active scientist in a research lab.

The recommendation letter should describe their relationship to the student and address the students’ fit for the program. If selected students are not already conducting research in a lab, we may ask the recommender to assist in finding a lab placement. All letters of recommendation should be submitted via email to by the application deadline.

Finalists will be selected for an interview.

Scholars are selected based on merit and not financial need. Please feel free to contact if you have any questions or are unable to complete the application by the deadline.

Please send all inquiries to

Program Administrators:

Kelle Cruz, PhD

McNulty Director

Tia Fletcher, M.A., PhD

McNulty Program Manager

Terika Harris

McNulty Program Admin