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    Welcome to Sacramento State University McNair Scholars Program Website. "Whether or not you reach your goals in life depends entirely on how well you prepare for them and how badly you want them. You're eagles! Stretch your wings and fly to the sky." ~Dr. Ronald E. McNair

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  • Prepare for Graduate School

    Sacramento State McNair Scholars Program is a two-year program designed to prepare selected university students, in junior and senior standing, for admission and study at the doctoral level.

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  • Meet Diverse Culture

    Being a McNair Scholar is the experience of a lifetime. You will have the opportunity to meet and learn from people with diverse backgrounds. 

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    McNair is a federally funded TRIO program.

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  • Meet Exciting People

    McNair Scholar Damone Jackson with Dr. Freeman A. Hrabowski, III. In 2009, Time Magazine named Hrabowski one of the Top Ten College Presidents.[12] In 2012, Time Magazine named Hrabowski one of the Top 100 most influential people in the world.

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Applications are being accepted for the 2016-17 Cohort.


Deadline to apply is open
until filled.
The application period for students wishing to join the 2016-17 Cohort is now OPEN!  

If you are interested in becoming a McNair Scholar at Sacramento State, click here and/or contact us at:

River Front Center, Room 203
Phone: (916) 278-5118
Fax: (916) 278-3505

Upcoming Events

Northern California Diversity Forum
Saturday, April 8, 2017
Location: UC Merced

Southern California Diversity Forum
 Saturday, November 4, 2017 
Location: CSU, Channel Islands

Sac State Student Research Symposium

McNair Research Symposium
Monday, April 24, 2017  
Location: CSU, Sacramento 

CSU Research Competition
Friday-Saturday, April 28-29, 2017 
Location: California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

McNair Graduation Celebration
Monday, May 8, 2017  
Location: CSU, Sacramento

If you are interested in becoming a McNair Scholar at Sacramento State, click here and/or contact us at:

River Front Center, Room 203
Phone: (916) 278-5118
Fax: (916) 278-3505

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McNair Scholars Symposium 2015

Three Sacramento State students took high honors at the 29th annual California State University Student Research Competition, held May 1-2 at CSU San Bernardino.

Graduate student Terra Thorne took first place in the Business, Economics, and Public Administration Session. Undergraduate Nyree Hall placed first in the Education Session. And undergraduate Wyatt Andersen took second place in the Health, Nutrition and Clinical Session.

The competition drew 260 students from 22 campuses to make oral presentations about original research they have conducted. The competitors previously took part in their own university’s symposium. The Sacramento State symposium was held March 6.

Thorne, who is working on a master’s degree in public policy and administration, gave a presentation titled “Immigrants and Health Insurance Enrollment: Identifying Factors that Influence Coverage.” She found that a person’s citizenship status affects the likelihood that he or she is enrolled in a health insurance program. “Even for immigrant groups who have access to several health insurance options, there remains an insurance gap,” she says. “With lawmakers looking to expand insurance options, my research indicates they may want to consider factors beyond just the policy barriers to identify the best way to close the insurance gap.”

Hall has a bachelor’s degree in ethnic studies. Her presentation was titled “Still a Minority: Exploring Black Student Enrollment Decline in the California State University System.” She determined there has been a decline since 1997 because of factors such as the overturning of affirmative action, increased tuition and reduced financial aid.

She credits Sac State’s McNair Scholars Program for her success in the competition and at the University. “That program is what helped me to do research and helped me see that I do want to go to grad school,” Hall says.

Andersen’s presentation, “The Anterolateral Ligament: A Case Study,” focused on a ligament in the knee that only recently was confirmed to exist. While its existence was first postulated in 1879, Andersen says it wasn’t determined to be an independent ligament structure until 2013, and his research looks at how the relationship between the anterolateral and the ACL will affect the approach taken in treatment and reconstruction.

Andersen, who is pursuing a career in medicine, says the competition helps to propel him to the next level. “Above all else, though, I enjoyed doing it,” he says. “It’s been a nice experience to keep learning, keep digging, keep trying to figure out everything that’s going on.”

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