CNAS Freshman Scholars Program

Research in Science and Engineering (RISE)

Summer RISE Research Program

This is a paid undergraduate research experience provided only to the following student success programs: the CNAS Scholars Learning Community program, STEM Pathways-Bridge to Research and DG Scholars/HHMI. These programs are all fostered by CNAS, synergistically creating the Summer Research in Science and Engineering program: RISE. RISE is a 10-week Summer research program designed to prepare participants for graduate and professional study by providing valuable research experiences, training, seminars and multiple workshops aimed at better preparing scientists. The program runs from the end of June through the end of August, and students are expected to work 36-40 hours/week, working under the supervision of a faculty mentor on their research project. In the remaining hours each week, students will also meet weekly with the Dean and fellow award recipients to discuss and share their research and engage in professional development workshops. The goal of RISE is to increase the number of outstanding students from diverse backgrounds to become acquainted with one of the most essential traits of a scientific career: Research. 

Additionally, RISE aims to increase the population of students who pursue the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees by strengthening their academic and professional development for admission to the University of California campuses and to UC Riverside, in particular, as well as colleges and universities nationwide. Its primary objectives are to: 1) provide preparation for graduate studies through a research experience in the mentor's laboratory and a variety of workshops; 2) provide a mechanism that fosters faculty/student interrelationships; 3) give the students a first-hand look at graduate opportunities at UCR; 4) assist the students in realizing their potential for graduate studies, in general, and at UCR, in particular; and 5) expose the faculty mentors to the possibility of recruiting undergraduate research interns to their departments.  

Participating Programs:

Students that successfully complete the CNAS Learning Community program and have a strong interest in a research career are encouraged to apply for a paid, summer research position with a CNAS faculty member as a participant in RISE as a CNAS Scholars Fellow for the summer following their first year.  Whether pioneering sustainability, developing drug delivery mechanisms, or exploring life's evolution on a molecular level, UCR is discovering new answers to many of the 21st century‚Äôs greatest questions. The CNAS Learning Community program continues this essential part of academic development by encouraging our scholars to perform scientific research in the summer after their first year at UCR. To find out more, you'll want to attend one of our info sessions, or schedule a meeting (see below). We will select students based on their Academic Performance through Winter quarter, their application, research proposal and the letter of support from their faculty mentor.

CNAS Scholars Fellows will receive a $5,000 stipend, and will present their research at the end of the program. CNAS Scholars Fellows also serve as the front face of student recruitment and engagement to the FSLC program!

For more information on the CNAS Scholars Fellows program, please visit this site. 

UCRs STEM Pathway Project was awarded a two year grant funded by the College Cost Reduction and Access Act [CCRAA] and Hispanic Serving Institutions [HSI] Program through the United States Department of Education. UCR is partnered with the College of the Desert, Mt. San Jacinto, Pasadena City College, and the three campuses in the Riverside Community College District, including Riverside City, Moreno Valley, and Norco to assist students in transferring to four-year universities and provide needed services to the surrounding communities.

A Summer Bridge Research Program participant must be an admitted transfer student accepted for the upcoming Fall quarter and has a declared major(s) in the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences. Students must be either Hispanic and/or low-income (as determined by UCR Financial Aid) and have filed their Statement of Intent to Register [SIR] at UCR.

For more information on the STEM-Pathways program, please contact Nhi Tran at Nhi.Tran@ucr.edu or (951) 827-1764, or visit this site

STEM Pathways Summer Bridge to Research students will receive a $5,000 stipend, and will present their research at the end of the program. 

The Dynamic Genome (DG) Scholars group is funded in part by a Howard Hughes Medical Institute grant. This support is available to students who enrolled in BIOL 20 through the CNAS Freshman Scholars Learning Communities program and opt into this 9-week summer research experience. USDA and HHMI grants and UCR matching funds support 25 stipends for rising sophomore graduates of the DG course. During the nine week program students:

  • Conduct original research on plants including citrus.
  • Be introduced to the business of science and learn about careers for sciences majors in business at Keck Graduate Institute. 
  • In addition to case studies, students work in groups developing a business plan to market a new medical device or an engineered crop. 

For more information on the Dynamic Genome program please visit this site.

Summer Research Boot Camp

The first week of the RISE program is designed as Boot Camp, using the Dynamic Genome laboratory and equipment. Though some students would have already taken BIOL 20, this Boot Camp experience is a chance to learn and hone strong research skills that will prepare participants for the intensity of full-time, self-directed and faculty-mentored undergraduate research. The CNAS Scholars Fellows and STEM Pathways students are required to attend Boot Camp, though the DG Scholars group are not and will join the program after Boot Camp ends.

This is an intensive program to train students in general laboratory protocol and skills. It will take place in The University Lab Building 104 (Neil A. Campbell Learning Laboratory).

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CNAS Freshman Scholars Program
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E-mail: cnasscholars@ucr.edu