Summer Bridge to Research Program


Prospective and Incoming Transfer Students


The Program

The CNAS Summer Bridge to Research Program is a paid ten-week, full-time research experience for first-time incoming community college transfer students admitted for the Fall quarter to one of the 16 academic majors housed in the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences [CNAS]. The program is aimed at supporting underrepresented student populations in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics [STEM] fields. The program aims to increase the number of students transferring into the STEM fields and improve their success and retention in the university.

The objectives of the program are to increase support and acclimation of STEM transfer students to UC Riverside through faculty-mentored research projects, transition success workshops, as well as academic and professional skill-building activities. The Summer program is held in collaboration with research participants from the CNAS Scholars Learning Communities, the Dynamic Genome Summer Research Scholars , B2B Program, California Alliance for Minority Participation, Digital Agriculture Fellowship, and multiple Faculty-sponsored grant programs [Anderson Lab, Fertile Futures, Six-Legs, Nagel Lab] as part of the Summer Research In Science and Engineering program [RISE].

The 2022 CNAS Summer Bridge to Research Program is: 




CNAS Summer Bridge to Research participants are selected on a competitive basis from first-time incoming community college transfer students admitted to UC Riverside's College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences. Applicants must meet the following requirements:  

  • Must be an admitted transfer student to the College of Natural & Agricultural Sciences at UCR for the Fall quarter
  • Must have submitted Statement of Intent to Register (SIR) at UCR for Fall quarter
  • Preferred academic preparation: At least one year of core science or math series in Biology, General Chemistry, Physics, or Calculus
  • No prior research experience required
2020 SBTR Flyer


Program Requirements

Time Commitment

The program requires a full-time commitment from each student for its entire duration. Participants are expected to work up to 40 hours/week and must be available Monday through Friday from 8:00 am-5:00 pm, and may include additional evening/weekend hours for programming. Consequently, summer employment, summer school enrollment, and vacations during the research program are prohibited

Last year's schedule: RISE Schedule Example (2021) 

Last year's symposium abstract book: RISE Symposium Program (2019)

Last year's RISE picture album: RISE Photo Album (2019)

2022 Program Dates: Monday, June 20 - Friday, August 26, 2022



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 Summer RISE Symposium.


Failure to meet program participation requirements may result in your dismissal from the program and forfeiture of your stipend.  

Participants will be engaged in an 10-week research program, spending between 35 to 40 hours per week in the laboratory. Each participant will receive a stipend of up to $5,000.

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