Undergraduate Summer Research Program

Mentoring Summer Research Internship Program (MSRIP)


Established in 1987, MSRIP is an eight-week summer research program designed for rising juniors, seniors (and some rising masters students) from educationally and/or economically disadvantaged backgrounds. Participants work under the supervision of a faculty mentor on the mentor’s research project. MSRIP is intended to encourage outstanding students from diverse backgrounds to pursue their PhD by strengthening their academic and professional development. The program provides an opportunity for these students to develop a competitive profile with which to seek admission to UC Riverside and the University of California in general, as well as colleges and universities nationwide.

At the end of MSRIP's summer program, MSRIP participants participate in our annual Symposium where students have the opportunity to present their research to staff, faculty, and peers. Visit our 2021 Symposium and 2022 Symposium for event details on past years. 

Primary Objectives

The program’s primary objectives are to:

  • Provide preparation for graduate studies through a variety of workshops.
  • Provide a mechanism that fosters faculty/student interrelationships.
  • Give the students a first-hand look at graduate opportunities at UCR.
  • Assist the students in realizing their potential for graduate studies both at UCR and at other institutions.
  • Provide the faculty mentors a recruitment pool through which to bring interns into their departments as graduate students. 

Potential Faculty Mentors

For Students: Students are encouraged to review the Potential Faculty Mentors list (on the right-hand side of this page under the 2023 MSRIP Application button). This list includes the names, research interests, and labs of UCR faculty who students may wish to work with. 

For Faculty: Faculty who are interested in mentoring a UCR student participating in MSRIP are encouraged to submit an interest form (on the right-hand side of this page). 

Note: The list is non-exhaustive, students may work with UCR faculty members who are not on the list. If a student requires assistance in reaching out to a potential faculty mentor (whether or not they are on the list) the APRO Office can assist. 

Program Dates

2023 Program Dates: June 26, 2023 - August 18, 2023
Please note dates are subject to change due to COVID-19.


  • Eligibility
    • Must be a U.S. Citizen, Permanent Resident or AB540 [NC1]
    • Students from community college, four-year institutions who are entering their Junior or Senior years, or first-year master's students enrolling at UCR in the Fall
    • Students interested in pursuing a graduate degree (i.e., master's, doctoral)
    • First-generation college students, those from socioeconomic hardship backgrounds, or students qualified by other pertinent criteria**
    • In good academic standing in undergraduate degree program 
    • Undergraduates must be enrolled full-time at a university or community college

    **Though state law prohibits selection with preference based on race, color, national origin, or gender, students from minority backgrounds and women in underrepresented fields who meet the eligibility criteria are strongly encouraged to apply. 

  • Research Areas Available (will be based on faculty availability)

    To view the list of participating faculty for the 2023 academic year, please see

  • Program Activities
    • Weekly professional development workshops on topics pertinent to the graduate school application process
    • Guidance in developing a research abstract
    • Graduate student experience workshop
    • Making a successful presentation workshop
    • Cultural and social activities available
    • Research Symposium


  • Program Provisions
    • Stipend ($4500); please note stipend is subject to income tax)
  • Program Prohibitions
    • Outside employment during the term of the MSRIP program is not recommended.
    • Summer classes are also discouraged as program is a full-time commitment. 


  • Application Procedure, Deadline and Notification
    • Familiarize yourself with the program and indicate research area(s) you are interested in (please try to be as specific as possible).
    • Application requires biographical information, educational information, recommender information, and a one-page personal statement (see prompt below).
      • Submit unofficial college transcript(s) from all higher education institutions you have attended, including most recent grades. This option will be available on the MSRIP application. 
      • Submit one faculty (preferred) letter of recommendation. Applicant will enter recommender's information on the MSRIP application.
    • Complete and sign the application.

    MSRIP Personal Statement Prompt:

    The Personal Statement is required of all applicants. Please describe the strengths and challenges of your preparation for graduate study, your reasons for undertaking graduate study at the doctoral level and your career objectives. Provide your personal insights as to why you should be selected for participation in this program and what you expect to gain from this experience. In addition, please identify the contributions that you wish to make to your chosen field of study as well as to your community. You should address each of these topics in a statement not to exceed 1,000 typed words. (Please double space your statement)

    Application Deadline:  Applications will be open from December 1st to March 1st
    Notification Deadline:  TBA

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Contact Us

Laura McGeehan

Program Director
Phone: (951) 827-6124

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