UCLA McNair Conference: July 27-29, 2002 - Register Today!

Registration Registration Closes
Students and Staff $450 each CLOSED – Capacity Reached If you need to make changes to your existing registration, please email detailed edits to McNair@college.ucla.edu no later than June 22nd – ALL REGISTRATION IS FINAL.
Grad Fair Representatives $450 each July 8th at 11:59pm ALL REGISTRATION IS FINAL

The 2022 UCLA National McNair Conference returns to in-person! We look forward to hosting you in the beautiful city of Los Angeles. A full schedule will be released on the official Conference website.


Wednesday, July 27th
Campus Visits – University of Southern California and California Institute of Technology (Add-on Registration – USC departs at 10:30am; Caltech departs at 11:30pm – Lunch included)
UCLA Campus Tour (2:00-4:00pm)
Welcome Reception (5:00-6:30pm)
McNair Staff Dinner (7:00-9:00pm) – RSVP by 7/22/22
Students dinner on own

Thursday, July 28th
Keynote Speaker and Breakfast (8:00am)
Graduate School Fair (10:00am-2:00pm)
Lunch (provided)
Graduate School Workshops
Student Presentations and Posters

Friday, July 29th
Keynote Speaker and Breakfast (8:00am)
Student Presentations and Posters
Lunch on Campus (meal ticket provided)
UCLA Campus Tour
Graduate School Workshops
Cultural Activity – Grammy Museum in Downtown Los Angeles at LA Live (Add-on Registration – 5:00pm-11:59pm – Dinner included)


Conference will be in-person at UCLA Luskin Conference Center, right in the heart of campus.

There are two housing options on the UCLA campus: 1) the UCLA Luskin Center Hotel or 2) University Housing.

UCLA Luskin Conference Center Hotel: Accommodations have been arranged at the Conference rate, on-site at UCLA Luskin Conference Center. Use this link to book the hotel rooms at our negotiated group rate: National McNair Conference Group Rate — SOLD OUT*
Note: For extended stays before or after the Conference dates listed above, we recommend calling to inquire about group rate: 1-855-522-8252.

*Here is a list of alternative local options that was last updated before COVID. Please contact the hotels directly for current shuttle offerings, amenities, and pricing details.

University Housing: In your registration form, you will be able to reserve dorm-room accommodations for Student Participants – Double Rooms with a Shared Bath. Each Double Room includes accommodations for up to 2 participants, sheets, blankets, towels, and breakfast on Saturday, July 30th (before check-out). Dorms are a 5-minute, moderate walk to the Luskin Conference Center.

Doubles – $148/night per room for 2 occupants; Single rooms are subject to availability.
24-Hour Front Desk, Complimentary WiFi and Linen Provided


All students have the opportunity to present either a poster or an oral presentation. The primary contact for the registering institution will determine which kind of presentation the student will present, or if they will not present, at time of registration.


Oral presenters will be assigned to panels of three to five students and presentations will be limited to 10-12 minutes each. After all panelist present, there will be time remaining for panel Q + A.

Please bring your presentation on a flash drive to load onto Conference laptop before your assigned session time.


Poster presentation sessions will be organized into 1-hour long sessions. Felt poster boards 4′ x 6′ in size will be provided for posters to be pinned up at the beginning of each session. Students should prepare an “elevator pitch” or research spiel summarizing their research poster should they be asked to talk about their poster during the session. Poster presenters will be expected to be present next to their poster for the duration of their assigned session and ready to answer any questions of participants who come to view their poster.

Here are some general recommendations of the most popular poster sizes:
Square posters – 42″ x 42” is recommended (minimum size in PowerPoint = 40” x 40” and maximum size = 48” x 48”).
Horizontal posters – 
56″ x 42” is recommended (minimum size in PowerPoint = 48″ x 36” and maximum size = 64” x 48”)
Note: The felt poster boards where you will pin up your poster are 4′ x
6′ in size.


All participants who have been registered will receive a request to complete an Individual Information Form no later than June 27th. This is also where students will provide supplemental information and submit their abstracts if they are presenting orally or a poster. Abstracts are due by July 6th. Any students who do not submit an abstract by this date will not be scheduled to present. Abstracts should be no more than 250 words, formatted in Microsoft Word, and single-spaced, using size 12 Times New Roman font. Special characters (e.g., &, ^, é, etc.) ARE NOT allowed so students should do their best to type out the symbol instead (e.g., beta, alpha, etc.).


You will have the option to register each participant at a campus tour at USC, or Caltech on Wednesday, July 27th. All campus tours will include lunch and transportation. We anticipate that buses will leave the UCLA Luskin Conference Center for USC at 10:30am and Caltech at 11:30am. UCLA campus tours will also be offered during the Conference. Add-on campus tour costs are below:

University of Southern California (USC) – $50 per participant
California Institute of Technology (Caltech) – $50 per participant
UCLA – Included with Registration


Participants are invited to enjoy an evening out in Los Angeles the evening of Friday, July 29th for an additional cost of $100/participant. This price includes transportation to and from the venue and dinner.

Grammy Museum – film screening, production workshop, and museum access in Downtown Los Angeles at LA Live.


The Graduate School Fair engages McNair Scholars and Staff with representatives from many graduate schools and graduate programs.

At the Graduate School Fair, McNair Scholars can:

  • Learn about admission requirements, scholarships and degree options from a variety of graduate schools
  • Meet representatives from graduate schools from across California and the U.S.
  • Identify new institutions to consider for graduate studies

Registration for exhibitors includes one table at the Graduate Opportunities Fair, coffee and light refreshments, a full lunch, and your school’s name published in program booklet. Additional representatives from the same program can be added for $50 each, which covers the costs of their meals.

Registration Registration Closes
Early-Bird Registration $395 June 17 at 11:59pm PST
General Registration $450 July 15th at 5:59pm PST

Note: We cannot accept credit card payments. Fees for non-UC schools must be paid by check. Please note recruiters must both register by the closing date and send your registration check by Wednesday, July 20th to participate.