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How to Support a RISE Student


The College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences (CNAS) at the University of California, Riverside invites you to join a select group of donors and corporate partners who share a commitment to the advancement of scientific research, teaching, and discovery. The CNAS Summer RISE Program provides opportunities for undergraduate students to participate in a 10-week summer research internship on campus.

The Rewards of Being a Donor


Creating a Pipeline of Trained Scientists

Since 2010, the CNAS Summer Research in Science and Engineering (RISE) program has provided students with foundational opportunities in campus labs,  teaching them critical skills necessary for internships and jobs in both public and private sectors.

Donors and corporate partners have the opportunity to support the full-time activity of students to ensure they are primed for careers in all scientific fields.

In addition to lab training with principal investigators and graduate students, the program exposes students to interview, presentation, resume-writing, and networking workshops during the 10-week immersion. 


Supporter Benefits

  • Direct access to hiring the next generation of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) workforce after program completion
  • Recognition of support at events and during professional development activities
  • Speaking opportunities during weekly sessions with students
  • Special reception with college dean, Kathryn Uhrich, to promote student success and industry collaborations
  • Weekly student updates and videos to promote partnership
  • Attendance and recognition at culminating lunch and research presentation symposium 
  • Supported student will be recognized as donor or corporate named scholar


Student Participation

  • Working full-time in campus labs mentored by principal investigators
  • Meeting donors and corporate partners during lunch and symposium
  • Becoming the next generation of trained scientists ready to enter the STEM workforce
  • Stipend for full-time work, allowing students to participate in 10-week immersive program

How to Join RISE Network of Supporters

A $6,500 tax-deductible philanthropic contribution to the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences will provide a stipend and nominal lab fees for one undergraduate summer research scholar on campus for the 10-week program.


Thank you for your generous support.

Gifts to the CNAS Research in Science and Engineering - RISE Summer Program are tax-deductible. 


Ways to Support RISE




By Check


To make a gift by check: make payable to “UCR Foundation” and write RISE Program on the memo line.

UCR Foundation
PO Box 112
Riverside, CA 92502-0112


For More Information

Jeremy McWells

Associate Director of Development -CNAS 
Tel: (951) 827-5074


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