Transfer Success Program


MSRIP For Transfer Students 

The APRO office at UCR's Graduate Division is dedicated to supporting admitted, undergraduate transfer students with research opportunities over the summer. The Mentoring Summer Research Internship Program (MSRIP) is an eight-week summer research program available for rising/current UCR transfer juniors 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 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 for last year's event details. 

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. 
  • 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 2022 academic year, please see 2022 Faculty Research Projects.

  • 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
    • Some cultural and social activities available
    • Research Symposium


  • Program Provisions
    • Stipend (generally $3,000; 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 MSRIP 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 15th
    Notification Deadline:  TBA

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Laura McGeehan

Program Director
Phone: (951) 827-6124

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