Workshops and Events


Each semester, the McNair Scholars program holds weekly workshops on a range of topics that aim to prepare students for the graduate school application process. These workshops are open to the campus community. If you are interested in attending a workshop, please contact Dr. Daniel Malpica:

Spring 2021 McNair Workshop Schedule
Title Date &Time

Overview of the Spring Semester and Welcome to new McNair Scholars!
Presenters: Stacey Pelton and Dr. Daniel Malpica 

Friday, January 29th
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

How to Narrow Your Research Question
Presenter: Dr. Soo-Yeon Yoon

Friday, February 5th
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Formulating the Research Question
Presenter: Dr. Steve Farmer

Friday, February 12th
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

How to Find Library Sources
Presenter: Dr. Catherine Fonseca
Friday, February 19th
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Conducting the Literature Review
Presenter:Dr. Emily Clark 

Friday, February 26th
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Collecting Data
Presenter: Dr. Daniel Soto

Friday, March 5th
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Analyzing Data
Presenter: Dr. Matthew Clark

Friday, March 12th
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Imposter Syndrome is Real: How to Overcome It
Presenter: Dr. Mario Venegas

Friday, March 19th
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Formatting the McNair Journal Article
Presenters: Stacey Pelton and Dr. Daniel Malpica

Friday, April 2nd
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

What to Expect in Graduate School
Presenter: Justin Casaus, McNair Alum & University of Michigan at Ann Arbor Ph.D. candidate

Friday, April 9th
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Developing and Presenting a Research Poster
Presenters: Stacey Pelton and Dr. Daniel Malpica

Friday, April 16th
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Building a Perfect Elevator Pitch
Presenter: Beverly V. Yanuaria, M.Ed., UCLA Graduate Division

Friday, April 23rd
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

McNair Scholar Volunteers Practice the Elevator Pitch
Presenters: Stacey Pelton and Dr. Daniel Malpica

Friday, April 30th
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Preparing for the GRE
Presenters: Fabian Ramirez and Stacey Pelton

Friday, May 7th
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.


Events & Opportunities

The California Pre-Doctoral Program - Sally Casanova Scholars

The California Pre-Doctoral Program is designed to increase diversity within the pool of university faculty by supporting the doctoral aspirations of students in the CSU. In 2017-18, the California Pre-Doctoral Program will award funds to approximately 73 juniors, seniors and graduate students in the CSU. These funds are designed to enable current students to explore and prepare for doctoral programs in their chosen field of study. Recipients of this award will receive funding for participation in a summer research experience program at a doctoral-granting institution, visits to doctoral-granting institutions to explore opportunities for doctoral study, travel to a national symposium or professional meeting, and graduate school application and test fees.

Awards are based on competitive review of student applications and given to current upper-division undergraduate or graduate students who demonstrate academic excellence, while having experienced economic or educational disadvantage, and are committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level. All students enrolled on a CSU campus are eligible to participate.

The 2021-22 application cycle will open in December 2021.  Interested candidates must work directly with the SSU campus coordinator, Dr. Daniel Malpica: or (707) 664-2264.

Current & Past SSU Sally Casanova Scholars

2020-21 Academic Year

Wyatt Huber, Anthropology
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Richard J. Senghas

2019-20 Academic Year

Justin Brown, Geography, Environment, and Planning
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Laura A. Watt

2018-19 Academic Year

B. Gabriela Arango, Biology
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Daniel Crocker

Jonathan Coil, Sociology
Faculty Mentor: Suzelle Bozada-Deas

The California Forum for Diversity in Education 

The California Forum for Diversity in Graduate Education is an all-day event designed to acquaint students from underrepresented groups with the academic and career opportunities associated with advanced study in a wide range of disciplines. The Forum offers students a range of workshop topics: 

  • How to Pay for Grad School: Before, During, and After
  • How to Prepare for the GRE
  • The Relation of the Master’s to the Ph.D.
  • How to Select, Apply to, & Prepare for Graduate School
  • The Importance of Undergraduate Research
  • How to Write a Winning Statement of Purpose
  • Keys to Success and Survival in Grad School
  • Successful Strategies for Acquiring Strong Letters of Recommendation

The Forum also offers subject-specific panel presentations for the following disciplines:

  • Physical Sciences & Math
  • Engineering & Computer Science
  • Arts & Humanities
  • Education
  • Life Sciences
  • Behavioral Sciences
  • Social Sciences
  • Health & Human Services

For more information about the California Forum for Diversity in Graduate Education, please contact Stacey Pelton:

Details about the Fall 2021 Virtual Diversity Forum coming soon!