McNair Graduate wearing McNair sash

McNair Scholars Program

Ronald McNairThe Ronald E. McNair Post-baccalaureate Achievement Program was established in the name of the late NASA mission specialist who perished in the 1986 Space Shuttle Challenger explosion. The program’s goal is to encourage and prepare students who are traditionally underrepresented in college to pursue graduate studies – specifically, the Ph.D. The program provides a variety of academic support and services. The McNair Scholars Program at CSUDH was established in 2004, and to date we have successfully achieved a 93% graduate school acceptance rate.

Benefits of Being a McNair Scholar title

  • Individual academic planning and advising
  • Full preparation for and help with the graduate school application process and fellowship application process
  • $2,400 summer research stipend
  • Faculty mentor
  • Travel funding to Research 1 institutions and relevant conferences to present completed research
  • Research Methods course: UNV 395
  • Access to all McNair Scholars Program facilities and resources
  • Lifetime McNair Scholar designation