McNair Scholars Program
The Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program provides underrepresented, first-generation, and low income students with resources, guidance, and support that leads them on the path towards earning doctoral degrees. The program is open to full-time undergraduate students from all disciplines.
Is a Ph.D. in your future?
If you interested in pursuing a Ph.D., the McNair Scholars Program at Cal Lutheran will get you closer to your goal. We are seeking high-potential students interested in gaining knowledge and skills leading towards successful entry into graduate programs and completion of doctoral degrees.
Each year, 25 students are selected to participate in the two-year McNair Scholars Program. The structure of the program is as follows:
Each student is matched with a faculty member who is committed to providing guidance as McNair Scholars produce research and prepare for graduate school enrollment.
Spring 2018 Semester: McNair Scholars enroll in a 2-credit course to learn research skills and begin defining their research projects. Scholars also participate in postbaccalaureate readiness sessions (graduate school exploration, funding graduate school, personal statement, GRE prep, etc.)
Summer Research Fellowship
Scholars participate in a 5-week, residential program focused on research production. Scholars participate in weekly seminars and meet with their faculty mentors regarding their research projects. Scholars also participate in cultural enrichment and social activities. Scholars present their research during the McNair Research Symposium.
McNair Capstone Seminar
Fall Semester/Spring Semester: Scholars work towards disseminating their research. Scholars will participate in symposia and conference presentations and will also work with their Faculty Mentors to publish their research. Some Scholars will receive travel assistance to present their research at conferences.
Graduate School Tour
Scholars receive travel stipends to visit graduate schools of interest.
For more information, contact:
Dr. Kelly Owens, McNair Scholars Program Director
Phone: (805) 493-3743
Office: 117 Swenson