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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.

 Recruitment Flyer

Important Dates

Date Name Description

February 1, 2018

Online Eligibility Form

Eligibility Form submission. Click Here

February 28, 2018

Online Eligibility Form

Eligibility form. 

February 28, 2018

Supporting Documents

Eligibility form supporting documents should be submitted to the McNair Office. (Click Here)

April 6, 2018


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

April 16-27


Interviews for candidates will be held.

By April 30th

Notify Candidates

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

May 4th

New Scholar Orientation

New scholar orientation will be held. *

June 13-14, 2018

Scholar Bootcamp

New scholar academic bootcamp will be held. *