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. 

Florida International University: McNair Scholars Research Conference

Link: http://mcnairconference.fiu.edu/
Location: Miami, FL
Conference Date(s): October 19-20, 2017  (2018 dates TBD)
Registration Deadline(s): August 11, 2017
Proposal Deadline(s): September 7, 2017
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.


Educational Opportunity Association: National McNair Research Conference and Graduate Fair

Link: http://mjconlinesolutions.com/cgi-bin/McNairRegistration.asp?Action=firstpage
Location: Schaumberg, IL
Conference Date(s): October 20-22, 2017  (2018 dates TBD)
Registration Deadline(s): TBA
Proposal Deadline(s): n/a
Description: n/a



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

Link: http://aap.umd.edu/2018mcnairconference/
Location: College Park, MD
Conference Date(s): March 15-18, 2018
Registration Deadline(s): January 31, 2018
Proposal Deadline(s): January 31, 2018
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): October 4 & 5, 2018
Registration Deadline(s): To be determined
Proposal Deadline(s): To be determined
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): September 29-30, 2017 (2018 dates TBD)
Registration Deadline(s): September 15, 2017
Proposal Deadline(s): n/a
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: Phoenix, AZ
Conference Date(s): November 14-17, 2018
Registration Deadline(s): September 7, 2018
Proposal Deadline(s): n/a
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 School STEM Research and Career Symposium

Link: http://www.gs.emory.edu/diversity/programming/stem.html
Location: Atlanta, GA
Conference Date(s): September 30 - October 2, 2018
Registration Deadline(s): May 1, 2018 (Aug 1, 2018 for students who are doing summer research)
Proposal Deadline(s): May 1, 2018 (Aug 1, 2018 for students who are doing summer research)
Description: A symposium bringing together undergraduate students and their faculty advisors for the purposes of research presentations, graduate school preparation, and networking. Specifically geared towards students interested in Ph.Ds, MD/Ph.Ds, and postdoctoral fellowships.


Indiana University - Bloomington: Commitment to Diversity Recruitment Visits

Link: http://graduate.indiana.edu/about/diversity/visit-iu.shtml
Location: Bloomington, IL
Conference Date(s): April 8-10, 2018
Registration Deadline(s): February 16, 2018
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.


North Carolina State University: Visitation Program

Link: https://grad.ncsu.edu/faculty-and-staff/recruiting-resources/scholars-visit/
Location: Raleigh, NC
Conference Date(s): December 2-4, 2018
Registration Deadline(s): October 22, 2018
Proposal Deadline(s): n/a
Description: A visitation program targeting a diverse body of student scholars who are interested in graduate study at NC State.


Ohio State University: Graduate Open House

Link: http://us6.campaign-archive1.com/?u=c70e74d0b032899894a41a941&id=e336ce6fea&e=e0c1d0fe74
Location: Columbus, OH
Conference Date(s): 2018 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): 2018 date TBD
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): 2018 date TBD
Registration Deadline(s): TBA
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): 2018 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.