RISE Faculty Mentor Interest Form

The UCR CNAS Summer Research In Science and Engineering [RISE] Program umbrella is aimed to increase the number of students matriculating in STEM fields, and to enhance support for underrepresented STEM students at UCR. To date, we have mentored over 450 student placements in undergraduate research. Funding is provided by various grants [NSF, NIH, USDA, etc.], institutional funds, and donor funds.

This is a wonderful opportunity for our students, and it can be a major step toward a successful career in STEM fields. Faculty-mentored undergraduate research opportunities and on-campus employment are two factors that are proven to increase retention and improve graduation rates. 

In Summer 2022, we will be offering students an opportunity to participate in the Summer RISE, June 20 – August 26, 2022. This is a paid undergraduate research experience that is being provided to various students in STEM majors in CNAS. RISE pays undergraduate students up to a $5,000 stipend for the 10 week program in which students get the opportunity to participate in cutting edge research projects. The program features faculty mentoring, building research and presentation skills, acclimation to the UCR science community and a capstone presentation on the summer research project. Students will complete any relevant laboratory safety training at the beginning of the program. The 2021 RISE Schedule may be viewed here as an example of expected programming this summer.

Each Faculty Mentor will receive a $500 S&E allowance/student for the period. Funding is available for approximately 40 students this summer.

Are you interested in mentoring one or more of these CNAS students in your research program this summer? If so, please complete the short interest form found below. We may share collected faculty interest forms with accepted RISE students in need of a faculty mentor for acceptance in to your lab.

Mentors for students in the sponsored CNAS summer research programs will be required to attend an online orientation in which we will present an overview of program guidelines and expectations.

As appropriate, Dr. Connie Nugent will facilitate the process for faculty-student matches as well. Should you have any questions please email RISE Coordinator Nhi Tran at  The Priority Deadline for response is May 15, 2022.


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