Summer Bridge to Research

Summer Bridge 2016

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 supported by the Hispanic Serving Institution [HSI] STEM Pathway Project Grant from the U.S. Department of Education, aimed at supporting underrepresented student populations in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics [STEM] fields. The grant 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 and the Dynamic Genome Summer Research Scholars as part of the Summer Research In Science and Engineering program [RISE]. 

The CNAS Summer Bridge to Research Program takes place from :                                             Monday, June 20 through Friday, August 26, 2016.


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 U.S. citizens or permanent residents
  • Must meet Hispanic or low-income criteria as defined by the U.S. Department of Education
  • 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  

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 8:00am-5:00pm, and may include additional evening/weekend hours for programming. Consequently, summer employment, summer school enrollment, and vacations during the research program are prohibited.  Sample of last year's schedule: RISE Schedule Example (2016)

Poster Presentation

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 2016 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 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.


The application deadline is Wednesday June 1st, 2016.                              Priority Deadline for early consideration is May 1st, 2016.
Applications are reviewed and acceptances are given on a rolling basis, please apply early for best consideration.

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