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McNair Stoles

The McNair Scholars Program prepares academically talented and motivated CSUMB undergraduate students for doctoral level studies. The program engages students in research and other scholarly activities that support the successful transition to graduate programs.



  • Discipline-specific faculty mentoring
  • Comprehensive research seminar
  • $2800 summer research stipend
  • National recognition
  • Graduate school preparation and funding advisement
  • GRE Fee Reduction Waivers and GRE preparation workshops including study materials
  • Travel support to present research at nationally recognized research conferences
  • Supportive network of McNair Scholars
  • Graduate programs/schools visits
  • Opportunity to publish in peer-reviewed journals
  • Participation in cultural events and social gatherings




  • Completion of at least 45 units
  • Strong academic records (recommended minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA)
  • U.S. citizenship or U.S. permanent residency
  • Be either a first-generation & low income college student or belong to a group traditionally underrepresented in higher education



The McNair Scholars Program is supported by the Department of Education and established in memory of Dr. Ronald E. McNair, a physicist and NASA astronaut who served on the Challenger Space Shuttle, the McNair Scholars Program's ultimate goal is to diversify the faculty at colleges and universities across the country.


2014 Graduating Scholars

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2013 Graduating Scholars

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2011 Graduating Scholars

2011 Graduating Scholars

2010 Graduating Scholars

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