Welcome to the McNair Research Scholars Program
2020-22 Cohort: Samantha Mazariegos, Cindy Berganza, Sebastian Figueroa, Edwin Zamora, Luis Godinez, Andrea Macias, Abel Aragon, Reno Garcia, Stephanie Martinez, Brittany Jasper, Cristian Hernandez, Alicia López, Ruby Gordillo, and Jessika Viveros.
2019-2021 Cohort: Brian Zamora, Kristal Orta Martinez, Sara Moya, Brenda Garcia, Ayuni Kelton, Jazmin Perez Saldana, Julio Mena Bernal, Rogelio Bazan-Flores, Rosamari Orduña, Princess Udeh, Eugene McAdoo, Mia Glionna, Fatiatama’i Folau and Michael Delos Santos.
About The Program
The UCLA McNair Research Scholars Program was established at UCLA in 2003 as a two-year research-based intensive program that prepares undergraduate students interested in pursuing a Ph.D. to apply to and excel in the best graduate school programs in the country.
Each year, the program maintains a cohort of 28 juniors and seniors from a variety of majors in the Humanities, Arts, Social Sciences, STEM, and applied or interdisciplinary Sciences. The UCLA McNair program particularly attracts young scholars who are committed to social change and who use scholarship and research as a means to achieve social justice. Hence, the program’s motto to “Transform the Academy.” Additionally, UCLA McNair Alumni work in a variety of professional positions that advance a social justice agenda.
UCLA McNair Research Scholars complete a comprehensive and rigorous two-year academic program under the supervision of the Program Director, the Assistant Director, and multiple Graduate Student Mentors.
During their first year in the program, McNair Scholars participate in the UCLA Student Research Program (SRP) under the guidance of a faculty mentor, and attend weekly seminars designed specifically for the program. These seminars guide students through navigating the academy and developing research proposals.
In the summer between their first and second year in the program, McNair Scholars participate in the six-week UCLA McNair Summer Research Institute. This six-week program includes: workshops and seminars on academic career opportunities; standardized test preparation; writing and research skills; writing a statement of purpose; obtaining letters of recommendation; and completing the graduate school application process. In addition, McNair Scholars begin their independent research projects and present their current findings at the UCLA Summer Symposium.
During their second year in the program, McNair Scholars apply to graduate school and complete, present, and publish their research project and senior thesis. Every Scholar has the opportunity to donate her or his research materials and senior thesis to the Southern California Library.
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Students must meet one of the following criteria:
- Be a low-income AND first generation college student
- Be a member of an underrepresented group within graduate education
Students must also:
- Be a United States citizen or permanent resident
- Be a currently enrolled UCLA undergraduate student
- Be a third-year or a transfer student who has completed between 90 and 175 units by Fall of the application year
- Demonstrate academic potential for graduate study
- Be available during the McNair Summer Research Institute (typically Summer Session A)
As part of UCLA’s Undergraduate Research Week, the McNair Graduating Class of 2021 will be presenting their work at the McNair Senior Research Presentations on May 26th at 9am-4pm.
The UCLA McNair Research Scholars Program is a two-year research-based intensive program that prepares undergraduate students interested in pursuing a Ph.D. to apply to and excel in the best graduate school programs in the country. Each of the Scholars have been working with a faculty advisor on their thesis and are excited to share their findings with everyone.
Full event details are available in the McNair 2021 Senior Presentations Program Book.
Join us via Zoom by clicking on the following link: https://bit.ly/urwmcnair2021
Please see the schedule and presenter’s bios below.
2021 McNair Senior Presentations Schedule
May 26th 2021
9:00am-9:10am — Welcome
Alice Ho, Ph.D. – McNair Director
9:10am-10:30am — Racialized and Gendered Representations of the Contemporary
Popolo, Meauli, Uliuli: Addressing Anti-Blackness in Samoan Americans
Divas and Deviants: The Sexualized Image-Making of Black Women Rappers in Vibe Magazine
“Black Students Do the Real Work!”: Maintaining Mental Health Among Black College Students at UCLA
Odinakachukwu Princess Udeh
The Male Gaze in The Workplace: The Color Red’s Effect on Men’s Perception of Woman’s Attractiveness and Hireability
10:30 am-11:00am — Break
11:00am-12:00pm — Transnational Socialities Beyond Borders
Migration and Arts Activism: Narratives from Mexico and Border Art
Paqueterias: Transnationalism for Mexican Immigrants in Los Angeles
Legal Policies and Engagements in the Cold War That Affected Developing Nations
Michael Delos Santos
12:00pm- 1:15pm — Lunch
1:15pm-2:35pm — Students of Color Belonging and Development
Investigating Disparities in Service, Education, and Healthcare Impacting Latinx Autistic Communities
Kristal Orta Martinez
Addressing the Institutional Detriments of Health and its Effects on Minority Health Professionals When Dealing with Medical “Burnout”
Revisiting Morphology of Ocean Sunfish & Phylogenetic Placement
Understanding Existing Mental Health Disparities within Latinx Students and its intersection with COVID-19
Julio Mena Berna
2:35-2:45pm — Break
2:45pm- 3:45pm — College Access and Critical Methodologies
English-Learner and Non-English Learner Postsecondary School Enrollment Rates in Select California High Schools
Taking Flight from the Burning House: Exploring Antiblackness and Educational Fugitivity in the Experiences of Black Participants of a Social Justice College Access Program
Indigenous in Me: Exploring Nemachtili in Freirean and Critical Indigenous Methodologies
3:45pm — Closing Remarks