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McNair Scholars Program

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The Cal Poly Pomona McNair Scholars Program prepares eligible undergraduate students for PhD programs by promoting student success through undergraduate research, faculty mentorship, and a series of skill building workshops. The program aims to increase the number of first-generation, low-income and/or underrepresented students in PhD programs, and eventually, to increase diversity among faculty at higher education institutions across the country.

McNair Scholars are provided with opportunities to participate in research activities during the academic year and summer. Scholars attend our McNair Course (CPU 475,476,477), seminars and workshops on topics related to graduate school preparation, conduct research under the guidance of a faculty mentor, and have the chance to present their research at conferences.

The McNair Scholars program is a federally funded TRIO program.

Important Dates


February 2, 2015

Online Eligibility Form

Eligibility Form (NOW accepting submissions!). 

February 27, 2015

Online Eligibility Form

Eligibility form should be submitted online by 3:30pm on February 27, 2015.

February 27, 2015

Supporting Documents

Eligibility form supporting documents should be submitted to the McNair Office (08-306) by 3:30pm on February 27, 2015. Click here for eligibility form details

April 3, 2015


Application and supporting documents should be submitted to the McNair Office (08-306) by 3:30pm on April 3, 2015. Click here for application process details

April 9, 10, & 13, 2015


Interviews for candidates will be held during April 9, 10, & 13, 2015.

April 21-25, 2015

Notify Candidates

During the week of April 20-24, 2015 we will notify candidates.

May 15, 2015

New Scholar Orientation

New scholar orientation will be held on May 15, 2015.

June 17-18, 2015

Scholar Bootcamp

New scholar academic bootcamp will be held on June 17-18, 2015.

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