McNair Scholars Program

McNair Office Working Remotely Effective March 16, 2020

In light of the heightened concerns around COVID-19 and CSULB's decision to suspend in-person classes, McNair staff will work remotely until further notice. Our goal is to ensure that we can provide you with advising and assistance to successfully meet your goals. During this time, the McNair office will not be open for any in-person services, but we will maintain our normal advising hours online.

McNair advising will be available online Monday - Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm starting March 16, 2020, until further notice. If you have a scheduled appointment, you will receive email instructions from McNair on how to connect through Zoom.

Zoom Advising
Students can schedule an appointment with McNair staff through CSULB Single Sign On and follow the steps through SSC - Advising & Tutoring. Please ensure that you choose the type of assistance as Online. Then, McNair staff will appear with their appointment availability.

Email Advising
Students can email any of the staff below with questions regarding research or graduate school preparation, etc. Please be sure to include your Name, Campus ID #, Phone # and any questions you may have. Please note: McNair may need to schedule a Zoom appointment depending on your questions and if additional follow-up is needed.

Kerry Klima, PhD
Director, McNair Scholars Program

Janette Mariscal, PhD
Assistant Director, McNair Scholars Program

The Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program is a TRiO program funded by the U.S. Department of Education and designed to prepare and support underrepresented undergraduate students in their pursuit of doctoral studies.

Consider applying to the McNair Scholars Program at CSULB. The eligibility requirements are listed below and on the first page of the program application. If you have questions or want to learn more, please contact


To be considered for the TRiO McNair Scholars Program at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB), you must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • A U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident.
  • Currently enrolled at CSULB as an undergraduate with at least 3.00 cum GPA.
  • Completed at least 60 units (transfer units included) by end of the current academic year.
  • Must be considered:
    • Both low-income based on federal income guidelines AND first generation status (parent/guardian did not earn a 4-year college degree); OR
    • Member of an underrepresented minority group (e.g. Black/African American - non-Hispanic; Hispanic/Latino, American Indian/Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander)
  • Intention to pursue and complete a Ph.D.

McNair Application Information:
The CSULB McNair Scholars Program Application is now open.

Application Due Date: Monday, January 25, 2021, 5pm

Application Documents: