UCR

CNAS Freshman Scholars Program



Promoting Engagement, Retention, and Success in STEM Training (PERSIST)


The UCR PERSIST Program is a year-long sophomore success program that aims to continue the support provided by the CNAS Learning Communities. PERSIST intends to do so by further enhancing the academic performance and research experience of previous Learning Community students, now sophomores. Students in this program will receive consistent peer mentoring, financial support, and extensive exposure to undergraduate research. At the end of the program all PERSIST students will receive a guaranteed seat in Research in Science and Engineering (RISE).

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Eligibility

To be considered for the PERSIST program, all applicants must:

  • Be a current CNAS major with a genuine interest in research.
  • Have completed the full year of the CNAS Learning Community program.
    • Must have began FR year in either MATH 6A or MATH 5.
  • Be entering their 2nd second year at UCR the first quarter of the program (Fall).
  • Be willing to commit to the full year of the program, which includes participating in RISE in the summer. 

How to Apply

The call for applications will be made in Spring quarter, which will include the application materials needed for students to submit. Please check back closer to this time for more information. 

Program Structure

Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer:

  • Students receive a $1,500.00 stipend Fall, Winter, and Spring to provide financial support.
  • Students will receive consistent one-on-one support and attend workshops facilitated by our PERSIST Peer Mentors. Our Peer Mentors are academically successful and highly accomplished students who have conducted undergraduate research and have participated in RISE.

Fall:

  • Students will enroll in a one-unit research seminar (NASC-092) taught by Dr. Jack Eichler. This seminar will introduce participants to the process of STEM research. Following this course, students will take an additional NASC-092 seminar in Winter. 
  • Students will visit the Claremont Keck Graduate Institute to learn about research and job opportunities in biotechnology. 

Winter:

  • Students will enroll in the second section of NASC-092 taught by Dr. Jack Eichler. This seminar will focus on introducing PERSIST students to faculty conducting research currently at UC, Riverside. 
  • Students will attend the Early Student Career Planning Expo Winter quarter.

Summer:

 

Primary Investigators

The implementation and success of PERSIST is due to the efforts of the Primary Investigators (PI) for our program's grant funding. We acknowledge and thank you for your commitment to undergraduate student success:

  • Dr. Michael A. McKibben. CNAS Divisional Dean of Student Academic Affairs and Associate Professor of Geology
  • Dr. Sue Wessler. Neil A. and Rochelle A. Campbell Presidential Chair and Distinguished Professor of Genetics


PERSIST Peer Mentors

Emily Harris

4th year Cell, Molecular, and Developmental Biology Major

Emily Harris, one of the CNAS PERSIST Peer Mentors

  • Chancellor's Research Fellowship
  • Society for the Study of Reproduction, Trainee Member
  • Lab Assistant (2014), center for plant cell biology with Dr. Howard Judelson
  • RISE Scholar (2015 & 2016), department of biology with Dr. Richard Cardullo


Sabrina Sedano

4th Year Chemistry Major

A Picture of Sabrina Sedano, CNAS PERSIST Peer Mentor

  • AVID Tutor
  • CNAS Ambassador
  • Kuwana Sawyer Scholar
  • Advancement Ambassador
  • Success in Science & Technology: Engaging with Role Models (SISTERS) Program, Director
  • Undergraduate research (Synthesizing micro/nano hydrogels for pathogen detection and diagnosis) with Dr. Wenwan Zhong

More Information

General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

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Department Information

CNAS Freshman Scholars Prgoram
1223 Pierce Hall

Tel: (951) 827-5326
Fax: (951) 827-2243
E-mail: cnasscholars@ucr.edu

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