Research Opportunities


RISE (Research in Science and Engineering)


RISE is a 10-week summer research program that runs from late June to the end of August. Students are paid $5,000 and are expected to work 36-40 hours/week. RISE prepares participants for graduate and professional study by providing valuable research experiences, training, seminars, meeting with CNAS faculty, and 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.

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 students a first-hand look at research and academia.
  4. Expose the faculty mentors to the possibility of recruiting undergraduate research interns to their departments.


Summer RISE Overview

Presented by CNAS Faculty, Staff & Students

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Participating in RISE clarified the connection between science and technology. It allowed me to see that inventing a new device or developing modern medicines starts in a laboratory setting. Being in this program made me realize that research is a continuous process of learning, which in itself is exciting. This, I believe, can help students embrace the world of research.
Tristan Carlo Rojo
Physics Major
Participating in RISE changed my perspective on research. I discovered many job opportunities in the research field and it changed my perspective on what research entails.
Lana Kamel
Neuroscience Major
I will take the knowledge I gained from RISE to further my professional career.
Satya Dhiresh Bandaru
Neuroscience Major
Research in RISE provides students with a unique and invaluable opportunity to gain in-lab experience while witnessing fascinating biological processes. Through my time in RISE, I was able to both nurture my passion for life sciences and learn from incredible researchers.
Jessalyn Yam
Biochemistry Major



CNAS Scholars Fellows 

Students that successfully complete the CNAS Learning Community program or stay enrolled from fall to spring are encouraged to apply as a CNAS Scholars Fellow for the summer following their first year. 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. Applications will open in January 2022 and are due on April 1st at 4:00PM. Please see the table below for additional information on what to expect.

RISE CNAS Scholars Fellows must find a faculty mentor in CNAS, psychology, or the UCR School of Medicine and construct a research proposal before applying. If accepted, students will implement their research proposal throughout the duration of RISE. RISE participants are funded to conduct their own project within their faculty mentor's lab over the summer. Topics vary and depend upon the discipline of your chosen faculty member. Please note, this is the only RISE sub-program that requires a workshop as an application prerequisite.

For questions on this program and or the application process, please contact us at


DG Scholars


SALSA participants are first-year students who have completed BIOL020. In order to apply, the applicant must have taken BIOL020 because the majority of their experience will be an extension of BIOL020 coursework. If accepted, students will be placed into groups and taught how to manage their own research project. A select group of participants will be assigned to a chosen faculty lab rather than a small group. Scholars will be a part of SALSA for 9-weeks and learn many beneficial techniques to assist them in locating lab positions post-RISE. Please note, there is no workshop required for this sub-program of RISE.

If you would like additional information on the program, please watch the video below. Or, feel free to contact the program coordinator Dr. James Burnette at

An Overview of The Dynamic Genome Program

Presented by CNAS Faculty & Students

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STEM Pathways - Bridge to Research

This sub-program of RISE is exclusively for transfer students. In order to participate, students must be transferring to UCR and have already committed to the university beginning in the upcoming fall quarter. Participants in the program will be paired up with a faculty mentor for a 10-week research project throughout the duration of the summer. Therefore, topics will vary and depend upon the discipline of your designated faculty member. At the end of the program, any and all future arrangements are made between faculty members and their students.

Please contact Nhi Tran for additional information on this program and its application process at:

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