Student Success Programs for Undergraduates

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California Alliance for Minority Participation (CAMP)

CAMP encourages underrepresented students in the STEM fields to successfully complete science degrees and further pursue their studies at the graduate and professional level.

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California Teach/Science-Math Initiative (SMI)

SMI aims to increase the number of math and science teachers who are prepared to meet the educational needs of diverse learners and dedicated to teaching in high need schools.

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CNAS Freshman Learning Communities

The Freshman Learning Communities builds a community of students with common academic goals and dedication to academic excellence.

CNAS Scholars Learning Communities

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CNAS Scholars

The disciplines housed within CNAS are intellectually rigorous, and our students who graduate go on to obtain careers in healthcare, biotech, and other STEM fields. This experience is immensely rewarding, but sometimes comes with challenges. CNAS Scholars was created to address these challenges for our first-year students. Since then we have seen significant differences between participants and the general CNAS population in terms of GPA, retention, and graduation rates. Additional components to our ongoing program include our CNAS Peer Mentors, Peer Academic Leaders and Peer Advisors. We have also expanded into a sophomore program known as PERSIST, which is an NSF-funded initiative.

Early Assist student participants

Early Assist

is a support program for first year, College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences (CNAS) and Bourns College of Engineering (BCoE), students who have placed into the UCR ARC 35 Intermediate Algebra Workshop. The program follows students as they progress through ARC 35 (Fall), Math 6A (Winter) and Math 6B (Spring) to assist them through the Math prerequisite series in order to begin the required core STEM courses.

Early Assist

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Education Abroad Program (EAP)

The Education Abroad Program offers full-year and short-term programs in a wide range of academic disciplines. Most EAP participants take regular host university courses. In some programs, you can study the language and take special courses designed for foreign students. In others, you undertake specialized studies in your major, take courses to add breadth to your general education, and conduct research.

Education Abroad

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First Year Success Series

Program provides a series of workshops and seminars to help guide students during their first year. Topics include “Managing Stress for a Healthier Life,” “Part-Time & Job Search/Beginning Resume Writing,” and “Involvement on Campus: Your Key to Success.”

First Year Success Series

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Health Professions Advising Center

The Health Professions Advising Center (HPAC) provides information, advising, and support for students who aspire to graduate/professional programs in the health professions and wish to enhance their academic and extracurricular preparation. Professional staff and peer mentors are available to guide students as they plan their pre-health professions course work, health related experiences, service work, and research in preparation for applying to programs

Health Professions Advising Center

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Honors Program

The University Honors Program is a community of high-achieving, passionate students who strive to reach their fullest potential. The program connects the brightest of UCR students with the top professors at UCR for research, focus-driven classes, and individual projects. Honors students have gone on to work in many areas, including politics, environmental research, publishing, teaching, the Peace Corps, and medical fields.

University Honors

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NSF Noyce Scholarship Program

The College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences, the Graduate School of Education, and the ALPHA Center for Academic Partnerships formed an alliance with the fast growing high need, low performing Moreno Valley Unified School District (MVUSD), to prepare exception Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) undergraduate majors for secondary school teaching careers. Building on the unique infrastructure established at UCR by the Science Mathematics Initiative, the California Mathematics and Science Teacher Initiative, and the Copernicus Project, the UCR Noyce Scholarship Program will provide a continuum of teacher preparation and professional development experience that will commit Noyce Scholars to teach in a nearby under-performing, low socio-economic, school districts.


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Research Experience for Undergraduates

The NSF-funded Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) site is geared towards providing opportunities to students interested in the cellular and molecular biology of plants and their pathogens. The program is especially interested in exposing students from two- and four-year colleges with limited research infrastructure to the excitement and career options that studies of plant and plant pathogen biology offers, but students from all colleges are welcome to apply. The program is sponsored by the UC-Riverside Center for Plant Cell Biology (CEPCEB) which, in association with the Institute for Integrative Genome Biology (IIGB) and other college departments, includes many faculty that study plants, plant pathogens (fungi, bacteria, viruses, nematodes), other microbes, and allied fields.

Undergrad Research Experience

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Science Ambassador Program

Undergraduate students represent CNAS programs at official functions, make presentations, and serve as a student liaison to various communities both on and off- campus with an emphasis on recruitment.

Research In Science and Engineering Program (RISE)

Research in Science and Engineering (RISE)

RISE is a summer research program that prepares students for graduate and professional study by providing valuable research experiences, training, seminars, meetings with the Divisional Dean, and professional development workshops.

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CNAS Transfer Connections

Provides support and advancement opportunities for transfer students through workshops and peer mentoring, as well as academic and professional skill-building activities.

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UC Washington Academic Internship Program (UCDC)

The University of California Washington D.C. Academic Internship Program offers qualified undergraduate students an exciting opportunity to combine course work, field research, and work experience during a quarter's residence in our nation's capital. While in Washington, you live in a residential college with approximately 250 students from other UC campuses. The UC Washington Center includes student apartments, classrooms, computer facilities, and meeting spaces and is located in central Washington, D.C.

UCDC Program

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