Summer RISE Research Program

The Research in Science and Engineering program (RISE) is a Summer undergraduate research program housed in the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences. RISE consists of students from multiple student success programs and faculty-sponsored grants. Partnering programs and faculty grants include:

  • CNAS Scholars Learning Community program (first-year / rising sophomore)
  • STEM Pathways - Summer Bridge to Research (incoming transfers)
  • DG Scholars/SALSA (students who took BIOL 20)
  • California Alliance for Minority Participation (NSF LSAMP)
  • Bridges to Baccalaureate (NIH grant collaboration with Riverside City College)
  • Digital Agriculture Fellowship (USDA-NIFA grant in Environmental Sciences)
  • Anderson Lab (NSF-Career Grant)
  • Nagel Lab (NSF-Career Grant)

RISE is a 10-week Summer research program that runs from late June to the end of August. Students are paid up to $5,000 and are expected to work 36-40 hours/week. RISE prepares participants for graduate and professional study by providing valuable research experiences, training, seminars, meetings with the Divisional Dean, and 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. 

Its primary objectives are to:

1) Provide preparation for graduate studies through research experience in the mentor's laboratory and a variety of workshops.

2) Provide a mechanism that fosters faculty/student interrelationships.

3) Give students a first-hand look at graduate and career opportunities at UCR and other research institutions.

4) Assist students in realizing their potential for graduate studies in general and at UCR in particular.

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

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