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McNair Scholars Preparatory Program

The McNair Scholars Preparatory Program (McNair Prep) provides eligible students with the opportunity to participate in workshops and cohort building activities that introduce students to undergraduate research and graduate school preparation.  The activities in McNair Prep complement the McNair Scholars Program. Students who are eligible and successfully complete McNair Prep will have the opportunity to apply to the full McNair Scholars Program.

Important Dates

Date Description
October 10 Application Closed
October 11-16 Notify Candidates
October 17 Orientation (2:00pm)

Students will:

  • Attend workshops that will provide students with skills that will help them succeed in undergraduate and graduate school. 
  • Be paired with a McNair Scholar Peer Mentor that will provide guidance and support to help the student succeed academically and become eligible to transition into the McNair Scholars Program upon the successful completion of McNair Prep. 
  • Students who successfully complete McNair Prep will receive preference when applying to the McNair Scholars Program.
  • Students will discover the benefits of pursuing an advanced degree in their particular fields. 
  • Students will learn about various types of research opportunities.
  • Students will have the opportunity to create a community by participating in cohort building activities with current McNair Scholars.
  • Students will meet with faculty once a quarter to check in and discuss progress.
  • Students will be able to participate in McNair Student Club activities. 

Commitment

  • McNair Prep students will meet at least two times per quarter for two hours.  These meetings will consist of various types of workshops that will help students succeed and learn about different opportunities, including learning about undergraduate research and applying to the McNair Scholars Program.
  • McNair Prep students will explore possible research topics and graduate education opportunities that they would be interested in.
  • McNair Prep students will maintain at least a 3.0 GPA.
  • McNair Prep students will attend the quarterly cohort building activity with current McNair Scholars to build a community and create a support network.
  • McNair Prep students will meet with their McNair Scholar Peer Mentor at least twice a quarter.
  • McNair Prep students will meet with McNair faculty/staff two times during the academic year to discuss any questions or concerns.

Eligibility Requirements

McNair Prep is open to all CPP students, with workshops specifically designed to help freshmen, sophomores, and first-year transfer students who are interested in pursuing a graduate degree. However, in order to participate in the full McNair Scholars Program, students must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Freshman or sophomore with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above
  • And qualify as either:
    • A first generation college student [custodial parent(s) has/have not received a bachelor’s degree or higher] who also has a specified income level and/or
    • A member of a group underrepresented in graduate education; (American Indian, Black/African-American, Hispanic or Latino/a, Native/Pacific Islander, or Alaskan Native)

    Transfer Students

    Transfer students are encouraged to participate in McNair Prep.  Transfer students who apply to McNair Prep during their first quarter at CPP will have to participate in McNair Prep for the full academic year before they can participate in the full McNair Scholars Program.  However, transfer students have two options depending on the number of units they have left and their readiness to advance to the full McNair Scholars Program: 

    1. Students can apply to the full McNair Scholars Program after participating in McNair Prep for one quarter (during our winter 2015 recruitment).  Students who apply and get accepted into the McNair Scholars Program during the 2015 winter quarter, will still have to complete McNair Prep. However, they will be allowed to complete their summer research during the transitioning 2015 summer between McNair Prep and the full McNair Scholars Program.  For those students who apply and get selected during winter of 2015, the McNair Scholars Program will begin in the fall of 2015.
    1. Students can also participate in McNair Prep for the 2014-2015 academic year before applying to the full McNair Scholars Program.  Students who chose to wait, will be able to apply to the full McNair Scholars Program during the winter of 2016 and if selected, start the full McNair Scholars Program during the fall of 2016. 

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