The McNair Scholars Program at UC Davis

The UC Davis McNair Scholars Program is a two-year program funded by TRIO and the U.S. Department of Education. It is designed to encourage students from groups often underrepresented in graduate programs to pursue doctoral degrees. About 20 UC Davis undergraduates and incoming transfer students are selected each year to participate in academic year and summer activities.

Support McNair Scholars achieve their goal of obtaining a Ph.D. 


"Whether or not you reach your goals in life depends entirely on how you prepare for them and how badly you want them. You're eagles! Stretch your wings and fly to the sky."

- Ronald E. McNair

About UC Davis

Graduate Studies at UC Davis includes 90 dynamic degree programs and a diverse and interactive student body from around the world. Known for our state-of-the-art research facilities, productive laboratories and progressive spirit – UC Davis offers collaborative and interdisciplinary curricula through graduate groups and designated emphasis options – bringing students and faculty of different academic disciplines together to address real-world challenges.

UC Davis master's and doctoral graduates become leaders in their fields – researchers, teachers, politicians, mentors and entrepreneurs. Graduates go on to guide, define and impact change within our global community.

About Campus and Student Life

The UC Davis main campus is located in Davis, Calf., with studies also occurring in nearby Sacramento, Calif. We are known for our outstanding and high-ranking programs in ecology, biology, engineering and agricultural sciences. Our programs in the social sciences, physical sciences, mathematics, and the arts and humanities are also popular and highly prestigious.

UC Davis has over 30,000 students, of whom over 8,000 are in graduate and professional school programs. UC Davis faculty and graduate programs attract highly qualified U.S. and international students from diverse educational, social, ethnic and cultural backgrounds. It is this global mix that contributes to the rich character that is UC Davis.

The Davis campus is 5,300 acres – the largest of any UC campus – and includes hundreds of beautiful shade trees, wildlife and an arboretum on the banks of Putah Creek, running through the campus. Architecturally, the campus has a wonderful mix of the century-old wooden buildings remaining from the University Farm days, the modern and sleak glass fronted buildings and traditional brick and concrete facilities. The campus core is closed to vehicular traffic as walking, skateboarding and the bicycle are the preferred mode of transportation.

The city of Davis is the quintessential college town. Davis is safe, environmentally friendly and children of graduate students attend one of the best school districts in California. The location is ideal – the campus is next door to the diverse metropolitan state capitol of Sacramento, as well as being close to the beautiful Sierra Nevada mountains, Lake Tahoe, the Napa Valley wine country and the San Francisco Bay Area. The campus offers limitless recreational opportunities, including a state-of-the-art recreational facility, performing arts center, miles of bicycle trails, an arts and crafts center, and much more.

About the University System

The University of California has 10 campuses throughout the state – Berkeley, Davis, Irvine, Los Angeles, Merced, Riverside, San Diego, San Francisco, Santa Barbara, and Santa Cruz – each with its own distinctive character and setting. All are recognized nationally and internationally as among the largest and most distinguished centers of higher learning and research in the world.