McNair Scholars Program

Preparing students for doctoral studies

Program Benefits

As a McNair Scholar, you will:

  • Be part of a special community of scholars at Cal Lutheran and across the nation. As a McNair Scholar, you will be part of a highly-prestigious program known for academic excellence.
  • Receive financial support. McNair Scholars receive stipends during the Summer Research Fellowship.
  • Receive free housing and meals during the Summer Research Fellowship.
  • Establish a relationship with a faculty mentor for ongoing academic advising, assistance developing a plan for academic graduate study, and for guidance throughout the research project.
  • Participate in a research skills seminar specifically designed for McNair Scholars.
  • Receive support services via academic seminars, assessments, tutoring services, and GRE preparation.
  • Visit graduate schools during your second year in program.[1]
  • Attend local, regional, and national conferences to present research.[2]
  • Receive financial education and counseling including: individual financial counseling services, a money management seminar, and a seminar on graduate and doctoral program funding alternatives.
  • Receive assistance applying to graduate schools. 

[1] At the discretion of the McNair Program Director, travel funds are awarded to McNair Scholars who complete program requirements.

[2] Conference travel funds are awarded to McNair Scholars on a competitive basis and at the discretion of the McNair Program Director.

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