Welcome to the McNair Research Scholars Program

2022-24 Cohort

2021-23 Cohort in Atlanta, GA: SAEOPP McNair Conference

About The Program

The UCLA McNair Research Scholars Program was established in 2003 as a two-year research-based program that prepares undergraduate students interested in pursuing a Ph.D. to not only apply to but also 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 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.

To receive guidance and support as you are working on your McNair Application, please schedule an appointment with a McNair team member or Graduate Mentor by:

1) Filling out the Graduate appointment request form

2) Visiting our office in-person at 1202 Campbell Hall

You can also email us at mcnair@college.ucla.edu. Get support with applying for the program, don’t do it alone!

Program Curriculum

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 national McNair Conferences.

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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Senior Cohort – Class of 2023

Jasmine Archila

Jasmine Archila

Yolanda Anguiano

Yolanda Anguiano

English

Research Interests: Young Adult Literature

Miguel Beltran

Miguel Beltran

Thyra Cobbs

Thyra Cobbs

Ashley Hackett

Ashley Hackett

Nayeli Lopez-Ortiz

Nayeli Lopez-Ortiz

Anthony Zomalt

Anthony Zomalt

Filipe Andreas Melo

Filipe Andreas Melo

Aaron Ayala

Aaron Ayala

Hector De Leon

Hector De Leon

Public Affairs, Labor Studies, and Education

Research Interests: Socioeconomic opportunity/mobility, education policy, multilingual education, social justice

Brenda Martinez Montano

Brenda Martinez Montano

Sociology; Education and Social Transformation

Research Interests: Educational inequities, education policy, low-income communities, communities of color, community colleges

Kiara Phillips

Kiara Phillips

Jonathan Salgado

Jonathan Salgado

Junior Cohort – Class of 2024

Bionca Benard

Bionca Benard

English, African-American Studies & Professional Writing

Research Interests: Science Fiction Genre, Race, Diversity, Inclusion, Contemporary Literature.

Luis Bolanos Jimenez

Luis Bolanos Jimenez

Sociology and Chicana/o and Central American Studies

Research Interests: The impact of informal mentoring methodologies and practices employed in higher education within programs for formerly incarcerated and system impacted students.

Osmin Caceres

Osmin Caceres

Astrophysics

Research Interests: Galaxy Formation and Evolution.

Jazmine Chism

Jazmine Chism

Research Interests:

Jamila Cummings

Jamila Cummings

Public Affairs, Education Studies

Research Interests: Critical Public Health and Maternal Health

Gicela Galvez

Gicela Galvez

Research Interests:

Lauryn Famble

Lauryn Famble

Psychobiology, African American Studies

Research Interests: Race, Mental Health, Psychology, and Higher Education

Corina Gonzalez

Corina Gonzalez

History

Research Interests: Colorism in the Mexican-American community and how this impacts women in the community

Jacqueline Jones

Jacqueline Jones

Research Interests:

Jasmin Lopez

Jasmin Lopez

Anthropology and Chicanx Studies

Research Interests: Anthropology, Medical Anthropology, Social Movements, Sociocultural Studies, Abolition, Chicanx/Central American Studies

Daniel Meza

Daniel Meza

Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology and Biomedical Research

Research Interests: Developmental Neurobiology.

Giselle Pantoja

Giselle Pantoja

Physiological Science, Chicana/o and Central American Studies

Research Interests: Health of Latino Population, Accessible and Culturally Competent Healthcare, Racial and Ethnic Minorities

Elon Morris

Elon Morris

Environmental Science, Geography

Research Interests: Urban Greening and Mental Health; Tree canopy distribution in LA; Redlining.

Amy Rios

Amy Rios

Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology

Research Interests: Mitochondrial metabolism and immunology

Graduate Mentors

Courtney Minor

Courtney Minor

Abraham Calderon

Abraham Calderon

Daniela Conde

Daniela Conde

Sophia Sambrano

Sophia Sambrano

Breona Leonard

Breona Leonard

Staff

Alice Ho, Ph.D.

Alice Ho, Ph.D.

Director
Faye Tesoro, M.A.

Faye Tesoro, M.A.

Office Coordinator
Iris Lucero, Ph.D.

Iris Lucero, Ph.D.

Assistant Director

Main Office

Box 951541 – 1202 Campbell Hall

Phone Number: (310) 794-4186

Email: mcnair@college.ucla.edu

APPLY TODAY!

2022 McNair Research Scholars Application

Applications Open Fall Quarter

Eligibility

In order to apply students must first ensure they meet the following criteria:

  • Are a low-income AND first generation college student OR Are a member of an underrepresented group within graduate education
  • Are an United States citizen or permanent resident
  • Have Junior standing and at least two years remaining at UCLA
  • Are available during the McNair Summer Research Institute (typically Summer Session A)
  • Are interested in research and pursuing graduate school

Application Materials

Complete and submit the UCLA McNair Research Scholars Application AND the following supplemental materials as PDFs (unless otherwise noted) by the application due date – Applications Open Fall Quarter:

  • 500 Word Personal Statement
  • 1,000 Word Research Proposal/Statement
  • Resume or Curriculum Vita
  • 2022 – 2023 UCLA Electronic Financial Aid Notification (eFAN)
  • Parent(s) or Guardian(s) *SIGNED* Federal Income Tax Return from 2021 (with Social Security Numbers removed or blocked from view)
  • Two Letters of Recommendation (from those who can speak to your potential for graduate school)
  • Signed McNair Faculty Mentor Form 2022 (or Faculty Mentor of Interest Contact Form if you are a STEM Transfer student)
  • Unofficial Transcript(s)
    • If you are a transfer student, please also submit a copy of the transcript(s) from the previous school(s) you attended alongside your UCLA transcript.
  • Screenshot of the MyUCLA Undergraduate Research Fellows Program (URFP) Application Confirmation Page (JPG & PNG are acceptable file formats for this document)

Help with Application

Whether you just want to learn more about the program or are working on your application materials, please schedule an appointment with a McNair team member or Graduate Mentor by:

1) Filling out the Graduate appointment request form

2) Visiting our office in-person at 1202 Campbell Hall

You can also email us at mcnair@college.ucla.edu. Get support with applying for the program, don’t do it alone!