USDA Scholars

Exclusive Opportunity for First-Year Transfer Students


The program

  • The 2018 USDA Summer Scholars Program is a ten-week research experience for students who transferred from a community college to UCR in Fall 2016, Fall 2017 or Winter 2018. During the ten weeks the students will learn research methods of molecular biology and bioinformatics while exploring the genetic variation of citrus trees in the UCR Citrus Variety Collection. Additionally, students will be introduced the biotechnology industry by collaborating with Keck Graduate Institute. Working in groups, participants may develop proposals to commercialize a new biotechnology being developed at UCR. At the conclusion of the ten weeks participants in the USDA Summer Scholars program will have developed laboratory skills in genetics and genomics and have a better awareness of career options for life science majors. The USDA Summer Scholars  program is held in collaboration with research participants from the CNAS Scholars Learning Communities and the Summer Bridge to Research  as part of the Summer Research In Science and Engineering program [RISE].
  • The USDA Summer Scholars takes place June 25 through August 31



  • US Citizenship
  • Transferred to UCR in Fall 2019 or Winter 2020
  • Must enroll at UCR for Fall 2020
  • Declared a CNAS Science major
  • UCR & Community COllege GPA of > 3.0
  • Essay, 500 words max. Prompt "How will you benefit from a summer research experience? Please discuss how it will help with future plans and/or overcome an obstacle in the past."
  • Candidates will be required to give an interview


Program Requirements 

  • Time Commitment
    • Dates: June 25, 2018 through August 31, 2018
    • Must attend all 10 weeks, no vacation allowed except July 4
    • Must commit to 40 hrs/wk for 10 weeks
    • Must commit to working Monday-Friday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
    • Participant may not register for summer classes at any college or university.
    • Participant may not register for a test-prep course that meets during the required hours. 
  • Participation
    • Attendance and participation in all meetings, workshops, and activities is mandatory. Each student will write a research abstract and present his or her project at the 2018 Summer RISE Symposium. 
    • Failure to meet program participation requirements may result in your dismissal from  the program and forfeiture of your stipend.
  • Stipend
    • Participants will be engaged in a 10-week research program, spending between 30 to 40 hours per week in the laboratory. Each participant will receive a stipend of up to $5,000.



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