CSU McNair Scholars

Conference Details

Click here for McNair Office Travel Forms.

Click here to go to the conferences page on the McNair Program’s national website.


McNair Conferences and Events

Conferences and events open to all McNair Scholars. Students will only need to tell the Cleveland State McNair Program that they are interested in attending and submit the Cleveland State McNair Office travel forms at least thirty days in advance of the conference date (available here). The McNair Program staff will thereafter help to facilitate preparations and will send instructions as to how to prepare to attend. 

The University of California, Los Angeles: McNair Scholars Research Conference

Link: https://www.aap.ucla.edu/mcnair/
Location: Virtual 
Conference Date(s): July 27-30, 2021 
Registration Deadline(s): Monday, July 12, 2021
Proposal Deadline(s): Tuesday, July 6, 2021
Description: A conference targeting (but not limited to) McNair scholars involved in high-quality research, featuring opportunities for students to present and share research findings, network, and receive information and mentorship regarding graduate studies.


University of Maryland: National Conference for McNair Scholars and Undergraduate Research

Link: https://mcnair.umbc.edu/2021-conference/
Location: Virtual
Conference Date(s): September 17th – 18th, 2021
Registration Deadline(s): dates TBA
Proposal Deadline(s):  dates TBA
Description: A national McNair Scholar’s conference featuring workshops, networking, opportunities to present research, and other activities.


University of New Mexico: McNair Scholars Research Conference

Link: http://mcnair.unm.edu/
Location: Albuquerque, NM
Conference Date(s): TBA - late summer/early fall of 2022
Registration Deadline(s): TBA
Proposal Deadline(s): TBA
Description: A conference offering McNair Scholars the opportunity to network, present research, view presentations from McNair alumni, and participate in career services and graduate school fair while visiting a unique part of the country with a rich cultural and historical background.


University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh: McNair/SSS Graduate School Retreat

Link: http://sss.uwosh.edu/mcnair-retreat/
Location: Wisconsin Dells, WI
Conference Date(s): 2019 dates TBA
Registration Deadline(s): 2019 dates TBA
Proposal Deadline(s): 2019 dates TBA
Description: A retreat involving extensive workshopping, designed to help students ready application materials for graduate schools; also features presentations by Donald Asher, a published author specializing in how to manage the graduate school application process.


Other Conferences and Events

Conferences and events not affiliated with the McNair Program. Scholars may have to meet specific criteria and/or submit materials in order to attend and will usually have to initiate the process of preparing for their attendance. The Cleveland State McNair Program will be able to assist with regard to fees and transportation costs in most cases, although students must, again, submit the Cleveland State McNair Office travel forms at least thirty days in advance of the conference date (available here).


Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS)

Link: http://www.abrcms.org/
Location: Anaheim, California
Conference Date(s): November 10-13, 2021
Registration Deadline(s): TBA
Proposal Deadline(s): TBA
Description: A large-scale professional conference for STEM students from groups underrepresented in higher education, students who are military veterans, and students with disabilities.


Emory University: Laney Graduate SchoolVisitation

Link: https://www.gs.emory.edu/diversity/programming/learningaboutlaney.html
Location: Atlanta, GA/virtual 
Conference Date(s): 2021 date TBA
Registration Deadline(s): TBA
Proposal Deadline(s): n/a
Description: Virtually meet Emory faculty and current graduate scholars, learn more about the graduate school admissions process and participate in virtual Diversity, Financial Resources, and Professional Development Workshops.


Indiana University - Bloomington: Commitment to Diversity Recruitment Visits

Link: http://graduate.indiana.edu/about/diversity/visit-iu.shtml
Location: Bloomington, IL
Conference Date(s): October 20-22, 2019
Registration Deadline(s): September 6, 2019
Proposal Deadline(s): n/a
Description: A multi-day recruitment program for students from groups underrepresented in higher education who are interested in pursuing Ph.D. or M.F.A. Indiana University pays all the costs of the visit, including lodging, transportation, meals, and travel to and from the airport.


Ohio State University: Graduate Open House

Link: http://us6.campaign-archive1.com/?u=c70e74d0b032899894a41a941&id=e336ce6fea&e=e0c1d0fe74
Location: Columbus, OH
Conference Date(s): 2019 date TBD
Registration Deadline(s): TBA
Proposal Deadline(s): n/a
Description: An event providing information about Ohio State's graduate programs and application process that also offers a free lunch and workshops regarding professional etiquette.


Pennsylvania State University: STEM State Open House

Link: http://www.gradschool.psu.edu/diversity/openhouse/
Location: University Park, PA
Conference Date(s): 2021 date TBA
Registration Deadline(s): TBA
Proposal Deadline(s): n/a
Description: An open house targeting junior and senior undergraduate STEM students from backgrounds underrepresented in higher education who are interested in applying to graduate programs at the Penn State University Park campus.


Rice University: Gulf Coast Undergraduate Research Symposium (GCURS)

Link: gcurs.rice.edu
Location: Houston, TX
Conference Date(s): October 16. 2021 
Registration Deadline(s): Website does not specify
Proposal Deadline(s): n/a
Description: A symposium designed to provide a forum for undergraduate researchers to present their findings, while fostering intercollegiate interactions between student researchers and faculty.


University of Madison-Wisconsin: Biosciences Opportunities Preview Program

Link: http://www.biopreview.wisc.edu/
Location: Madison, WI
Conference Date(s): 2019 date TBD
Registration Deadline(s): TBA
Proposal Deadline(s): n/a
Description: A programming event designed to introduce qualified prospective graduate students to bioscience-related Ph.D. programs and research opportunities available at UW-Madison.