CNAS Freshman Scholars Program

Research Expectations

If you are accepted into one of the 3 programs comprising RISE, please be aware of the following expectations:


  • Time Commitment: the summer internship is considered a full time job during its duration. This means that you are expected to work 40 hours/week for 10 weeks. The exact schedule can be worked out with your faculty mentor.
    • NOTE:You cannot take Summer Session classes or work while you are participating in RISE.
  • You will share program information with your Faculty Mentor and other direct supervisor in a timely manner, this includes:
    • RISE Faculty and Student Guidelines
    • RISE program schedule, and specific event invitations
    • RISE Abstract, Paper and Presentation Guidelines
  • Regularly, you will have lunch with program administrators, including Dean Michael McKibben and Faculty Director of University Honors and RISE Program, Richard Cardullo. This is an informal lunch (brown bag lunch) where you will discuss your research in a group setting. This may require you to present what you are working to the other students. (Don’t worry – it’s really laid back and most students enjoy telling each other what they’re working on).
  • At the end of the internship you will be required to write a short report on your results obtained from the summer (you will not receive the final paycheck without fulfilling this requirement).
  • You will be required to present your research at the RISE Symposium at the end of the program, which is a great opportunity for undergraduates.
  • If, at any time during the internship, you fail to meet the above listed expectations, you may be asked to withdraw from the program.
  • You will also sign a contract for the summer internship, that signifies that you understand what is expected of you.

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 Program
1223 Pierce Hall

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