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Opportunities Abound in CNAS

Graduate students looking to pursue an advanced degree through the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences have an opportunity to work with and learn from some of the top minds in their fields.


Taking Advantage

CNAS is a unique and diverse learning environment. It crosses disciplines, providiing chances for graduate students to tailor their learning experience and explores ideas that they have never dreamed of. If what you want isn't happening in your department or lab, it's happening down the hall or in the next building. For example:

  • Professor Tom Perring in Entomology is creating a chemical duplicate of a moth's sex pheromone and figuring out how to spray it most effectively on date palms.
  • Prof. John Baez in Mathematics is researching mind-bending topologies as two-tangle surfaces embedded in four-dimensional space.
  • In Biology, Professor Daphne Fairbairn is examining why females are larger than the male in some species and smaller in others.

These are just a few of the hundreds of research programs waiting for you here at UCR.



The Next Step

The CNAS Graduate Student Affairs Center provides assistance to both applicants and enrolled graduate students. The seven-member staff of GSAC supports all the departments and graduate programs in the college, with the exception of the Departments of Chemistry and Physics and Astronomy, which have their own graduate advising staff. As a first step, visit the website of the appropriate graduate advising office:




GAANN Fellows

As part of their graduate school research experience, graduate students engage in teaching with undergraduates and the K-12 community.

For more information, please send an email to Dr. Richard Cardullo, Biology Dept. or call (951) 827-6457.



Graduate Programs

To explore further, check out the links below to see the college's master's and doctoral degree offerings. Some are department based; others are interdisciplinary. Follow links to the faculty members' own laboratory pages to see what specific work they are doing and how that fits into your interests. Don't hesitate to email a professor if you have questions.


applied Statistics   Ph.D. (see Statistics for M.S.)

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology    M.S., Ph.D.

Biophysics    M.S., Ph.D.

Cell, Molecular, and Developmental Biology    M.S., Ph.D.

Chemistry    M.S., Ph.D.

Entomology     M.S., Ph.D.

Environmental Sciences     M.S., Ph.D.

Environmental Toxicology      M.S., Ph.D.

Evolutionary  Biology Joint Doctoral Program (SDSU/UCR)     Ph.D.

Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology     M.S., Ph.D.

Genetics, Genomics, and Bioinformatics      Ph.D.

Geological Sciences      M.S., Ph.D.

Mathematics      M.A., M.S., Ph.D.

Microbiology     M.S., Ph.D.

Neuroscience     Ph.D.

Physics     M.S., Ph.D.

Plant Biology     M.S., Ph.D.

Plant Pathology    M.S., Ph.D.

Statistics    M.S. (see Applied Statistics for Ph.D.)





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