The goal of R.I.S.E. 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 Experience program (RISE) consists of students from three primary student success programs in addition to partner programs:


First-year students

CNAS Scholars Learning Community program

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Transfer students

STEM Pathways
Bridge to Research

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Students who have taken BIOL020

DG Scholars/HHMI

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What is R.I.S.E.?

RISE a ten-week summer research program designed for STEM students from varying educationally and/or economically disadvantaged backgrounds.  RISE aims to increase the population of students who pursue the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees by strengthening their academic and professional development.  RISE prepares participants for graduate and professional study by providing valuable research experiences, training, seminars, and professional development workshops.

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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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