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:




The Research in Science & Engineering program (RISE) consists of students from two primary student success programs in addition to partner programs 


First-year students

CNAS Scholars Learning Community program

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Incoming Transfer students

STEM Pathways
Summer Bridge to Research

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What is RISE?

RISE is a 10-week summer research program designed for rising sophomores, juniors, incoming transfers, and seniors. Participants work under the supervision of a faculty mentor on a cutting-edge research project. The program features faculty mentoring, professional development opportunities, immersive experience in the UCR science community, and an undergraduate symposium.  Through support from generous donors and institutional financial commitments to undergraduate research, the College of Natural & Agricultural Sciences pays CNAS undergraduate students in the Learning Communities CNAS Scholars program (continuing students, CNAS Scholars) and the Summer Bridge to Research program (incoming transfer students, STEM Pathways Program [STEM]) a $5,000 stipend for the 10-week program. The linked application is for these programs. This paid summer undergraduate research opportunity is hosted by CNAS and collaborates with different on-campus partners. 

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Primary Objectives

RISE 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.
  5. Expose the faculty mentors to the possibility of recruiting undergraduate research interns to their departments. 


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