McNair Scholars Program
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McNair Scholars Program

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About the Program

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 4750 and CPU 4760), 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.

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Recruitment is now open

Recruitment for the 2024-25 academic year is now open. Please refer to the Application page to learn more about the process and eligibility requirements.
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McNair office has moved!

We are now located in Building 98, Rooms 6, 8, & 9. Stop by and say hello!
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Working with a Faculty Mentor

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Completing a Research Project or Paper

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Preparing for Graduate Level Studies

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Mentoring High School Students

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Stipend upon Completion of Internship Requirements

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December 2023

February 2024

  • The eligibility form is due by February 9th, 2024.

March 2024

  • Full application and supporting documents are due by Friday, March 8, 2024.

March 2024

  • Interviews for candidates will be held during March 2024

April 2024

  • The mandatory New Scholar Orientation will be held in April 2024.

May 2024

  • The mandatory New Scholar Bootcamp will be held in May 2024.
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Contact Us!

McNair Scholars Program

Location: Building 98, 6-8 & 9

Telephone: (909) 869 - 3381


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Support Emerging Scholars

The Emerging Scholars Scholarship is dedicated to helping low-income, first-generation students, who are entering Cal Poly Pomona from high school.