CSUF McNair Summer Institute

The jewel of the CSUF McNair Scholars Program is its intensive Summer Institute. The Summer Institute seminars and workshops focus on three main components of success at the graduate level:

  • Graduate school-oriented  workshops that provide students with the tools they need to select and apply for top programs in their field
  • Student-focused  workshops that provide skills in time-management, and building relationships with professors
  • Research-focused workshops that help students develop a graduate-level research project with a faculty mentor


Summer Workshops AND SEMINARS

Our intensive summer workshops are typically held from mid-June until the end of July. Below is a list of the summer workshops that our 2019 cohort will attend.


  • Why Graduate School?
  • The Graduate School Experience
  • Stress Management
  • The McNair Thesis
  • Library Skills
  • Communicating with Faculty and Mentorship
  • Research Ethics
  • Scholarly Research
  • Presenting at Conferences
  • Summer Research Programs
  • Introduction to Graduate School Applications
  • Writing the Statement of Purpose and Curriculum Vitae


  • Effective Reading, Part 1
  • Financial Literacy
  • Effective Reading, Part 2
  • Funding for Graduate School
  • Graduate Student Panel
  • Faculty Panel
  • Family and Loved Ones Workshop
  • Next Steps: Planning for a Successful Academic School Year