McNair Scholars are paired with a CSUDH faculty mentor whose research interests align with that of the scholar. The role of the faculty mentor is to provide academic support as it pertains to the development and implementation of the scholar’s research project. The faculty mentor will work with the scholar to see the project to completion. The relationship between the McNair Scholar and their faculty mentor is much like that of a graduate school faculty advisor and their advisee.
Each McNair Scholar will complete a summer research project. The project will be done in conjunction with a faculty mentor that results in a publishable research paper and a presentation at a research symposium. Summer research projects can also be completed at other institutions that offer competitive summer undergraduate research programs.