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 join us one of the dates listed below. For more information about becoming a McNair Scholar, please review the eligibility requirements and application procedures and contact our Program Director, Dr. Daniel Malpica at

Spring 2024 McNair Workshop Schedule

All Workshops held in Salazar Hall, Room 1049, unless otherwise noted below

Title Date &Time

Welcome to the Spring 2024 Semester!

Presenters: Stacey Pelton and Dr. Daniel Malpica

Friday, January 26, 2024
12 - 1 p.m.

How to Narrow Your Research Question 

Presenter: Dr. Soo-Yeon Yoon, Department of Sociology

Friday, February 2, 2024
12 - 1 p.m.

Formulating the Research Question

Presenter: Dr. Steve Farmer, Department of Chemistry

Friday, February 9, 2024
12 - 1 p.m.

Formulating A Research Question in Qualitative Research: Examples from Current Projects

Presenter: Dr. Matthew Paolucci Callahan, Department of Psychology

Friday, February 16, 2024
12 - 1 p.m.

Conducting the Literature Review

Presenter: Dr. Emily Clark, Department of Modern Languages & Literatures

Friday, February 23, 2024
12 - 1 p.m.

Finding Scholarly Sources

Presenter: Rita Premo, Scholarly Communications Librarian

Friday, March 1, 2024
12 - 1 p.m.

Collecting Data

Presenter: Dr. Daniel Soto, Department of Geography, Environment, and Planning

Friday, March 8, 2024
12 - 1 p.m.

Analyzing Data

Presenter: Dr. Lisa Hua, Department of Biology

Friday, March 15, 2024
12 - 1 p.m.

Developing and Presenting a Research Poster

Presenters: Stacey Pelton and Dr. Daniel Malpica

Friday, April 5, 2024
12 - 1 p.m.

Preparing for the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE)

Presenter: Fabian Ramirez, Ph.D. Candidate, UCI Department of Mathematics

NOTE: This presentation will be held on Zoom. Please email Stacey Pelton ( for the link.

Friday, April 26, 2024
12 - 1 p.m.

Summer 2024 Goals: How Junior-level Students Can Prepare for the Graduate Application Process

Presenters: Stacey Pelton, Dr. Daniel Malpica, and McNair Scholars, Alexa Rayas and Ismael Lopez

NOTE: This workshop will be held on Zoom. Please email Stacey Pelton ( for the link

Friday, May 3, 2024
12 - 1 p.m.