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 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.


Important Dates

Date Name Description

Dec. 1

Online Eligibility Form

Eligibility Form is now open. Click Here to Apply.

Jan. 27

Online Eligibility Form 

Eligibility form due by January 27, 2020.

Jan. 27

Supporting Documents 

Supporting documents should be submitted online by January 27, 2020.

Submit Supporting Documents Here

Feb. 28


Full application and supporting documents should be submitted online by February 28, 2020. 



Interviews for candidates will be held (March 11-24, 2020).


Notify Candidates

We will notify candidates by the week of March 26-27, 2020. *


New Scholar Orientation

New scholar orientation will be held on April 10, 2020. *


Scholar Bootcamp

New scholar academic bootcamp will be held in May 2020. *