Summer Rise 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. 

If you are accepted into 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.
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