Click here to access program application: McNair Scholar Application

APPLICATION WINDOW IS NOW OPEN (to begin the program in Summer 2018) for first-generation, low-income students who have a target graduation date of either May 2020 or December 2020. 


What you will need to submit (at the link above) in order to apply: 

  • 500 word essay regarding your academic interests, long range academic goals, research experience, professional plans, and goals
  • Most recent tax forms for the person that claims you as a dependent
  • References: The names of two LMU professors (not letters of recommendation)
  • List faculty at LMU with whom you would be interested in doing research


Benefits of the LMU McNair Scholars Program:

  • Academic and personal support of the McNair faculty advisors
  • GRE preparation course and reduced fees for GRE general exam and subject tests
  • Funding to travel and present at research conferences 
  • Identification of and participation in 8-10 week summer research opportunities at LMU and elsewhere; housing, travel, and stipends are often provided 
  • Advising and assistance in identifying, applying, gaining admission, and securing financial aid for graduate school 

Prior to applying, please be sure to refer to the eligibility requirements.


For questions about the McNair program and application contact Co-Directors Dr. Ricardo Machón ( and Dr. Martina Ramirez (