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The Center for Black Cultural and Student Affairs (CBCSA) is here to welcome you to the Trojan family at the University of Southern California. CBCSA is a department that works toward creating an optimal learning environment for students of African descent and the Trojan family at large.

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McNair Scholars
The McNair Scholars Program prepares high-achieving USC undergraduates to engage in research and for graduate school programs. Participating students, referred to as McNair Scholars, begin the program by taking a Research Methods Course in the Spring semester. During the Summer Research Institute (SRI), McNair Scholars are advised by USC faculty mentors, graduate students, and program staff. Throughout the Spring, Summer, and Fall, the program provides services aimed at promoting graduate school preparation, career development, research competencies, and writing skills. At USC, McNair Scholars receive a $2800 summer stipend and participate in an intense ten-week summer program where they engage in original research under the mentorship of USC faculty advisors and graduate students. Eligible students also receive a Scholarship to pay for summer housing. At the conclusion of the summer, McNair Scholars present their findings to peers and faculty and they have an opportunity to publish their work in the program's journal. In the fall, a select group of McNair Scholars become eligible for additional funding to present their research at national scholarly conferences and to visit prospective graduate school programs across the U.S.


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