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.


*Recruitment will open on Tuesday, December 1st, 2020. 



Important Dates

Date Name Description

Dec. 1

Online Eligibility Form

The eligibility form will open on Tuesday, December 1st, 2020.

Jan. 31

Online Eligibility Form 

The eligibility form is due by Sunday, January 31st, 2021.

Jan. 31

Supporting Documents 

Supporting documents are due by Sunday, January 31st, 2021.


Feb. 28


Full application and supporting documents are due by Sunday, February 28, 2021.



Interviews for candidates will be held during the first two weeks of March 2021.


Notify Candidates

Candidates will be notified during the last week of March 2021.


New Scholar Orientation

 The mandatory New Scholar Orientation will be held in April 2021.


Scholar Bootcamp

 The mandatory New Scholar Bootcamp will be held in May 2021.