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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 and the continuation of the program in 2017-18 is pending on continued funding

For more information about the 18th Annual Ronald E. McNair Scholar Undergraduate Research Symposium please click here.

Important Dates


February 1, 2017

Online Eligibility Form

Eligibility Form submission. **Closed**

February 28, 2017

Online Eligibility Form

Eligibility form **Closed**

February 28, 2017

Supporting Documents

Eligibility form supporting documents should be submitted to the McNair Office. **Closed**

April 3, 2017


Application and supporting documents should be submitted to the McNair Office. **Closed**

April 18-26


Interviews for candidates will be held.

By April 30th

Notify Candidates

We will notify candidates by the week of April 30th. *

May 5th

New Scholar Orientation

New scholar orientation will be held. *

June 14-15

Scholar Bootcamp

New scholar academic bootcamp will be held. *

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