University of California, Riverside

Graduate Division


Mentoring Summer Research Internship Program (MSRIP)

MSRIP 2013

 Established in 1987, the Mentoring Summer Research Internship Program (MSRIP) is our eight-week summer research    program designed for rising juniors, seniors (and some masters students) from educationally and/or economically    disadvantaged backgrounds. Participants work under the supervision of a faculty mentor on the mentor’s research project.

The goal of MSRIP is to increase the number of outstanding students from diverse backgrounds who pursue the Ph.D. by strengthening their academic and professional development for admission to the University of California campuses and UC Riverside, in particular, as well as colleges and universities nationwide. Its primary objectives are to:

  1. Provide preparation for graduate studies through a variety of workshops
  2. Provide a mechanism that fosters faculty/student interrelationships
  3. Introduce students to graduate opportunities at UCR
  4. Assist the students in realizing their potential for graduate studies, in general, and at UCR, in particular
  5. Expose the faculty mentors to the possibility of recruiting their interns to their departments

Many MSRIP alumni have successfully completed their doctorates here at UCR or at other Ph.D.-granting institutions.  Though state law prohibits selection with preference based on race, color, national origin, or gender, minorities and women in underrepresented fields, who meet the eligibility criteria, are strongly encouraged to apply.

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2017 Interns (partial list)

  • Crysthal Alvarez, UC Riverside, Mechanical Engineering
  • Bigelow, Michael, Michigan State University, Mechanical Engineering
  • Caballero Viramones, Ivan, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico (UNAM), Chemical and Environmental Engineering
  • Fernandez Vargas, Karla, Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Occidente (ITESO), Mechanical Engineering
  • Francisco, Jenilene, California State University Northridge, Political Science
  • Garcia Caraveo, Ana Valeria, Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Occidente (ITESO), Mechanical Engineering
  • Glenn, Michael,Alabama A&M University, Mechanical Engineering
  • Knox, Chrystal, Jackson State University, Chemical and Environmental Engineering
  • Lagunas Robles, German, Cal Poly Pomona, Biology
  • Ramirez-Zarate, Ana, UC Los Angeles, Ethnic Studies
  • Salazar, Bianca, California State University Channel Islands, Biology
  • Salinas, Giselle, California, State University Dominguez Hills, Psychology
  • Salmeron, Lisa, UC Merced, Bioengineering

Program Term 2018

June 25 - August 17, 2018 – eight weeks


  • U.S. citizens, permanent residents
  • Students from 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
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA required of all students
  • Undergraduates must be enrolled full-time at a university or community college

Research Areas Available

  • Physical, biological, and agricultural sciences
  • Chemical/environmental, electrical, and mechanical engineering
  • Computer sciences
  • Mathematics
  • Social sciences
  • Humanities and education

Program Activities

  • GRE Prep course
  • Applying to Graduate School Workshop
  • Financing Your Graduate Education Workshop
  • Graduate Student Experience Workshop
  • Making a Successful Presentation Workshop
  • Guidance in developing a research abstract
  • Research Symposium
  • Some cultural and social activities available

Program Provisions

  • Stipend (generally $3,000)
  • Room and board (as appropriate)
  • Out-of-state transportation up to $500

Program Prohibitions

  • Employment is prohibited during the term of this program
  • Enrollment in other courses is not allowed

Application Procedures, Deadline and Notification:

    • Complete and sign the downloadable summer program application.
    • Familiarize yourself with the MSRIP 2018 Faculty Research Projects and indicate the faculty mentors with whom you would like to work on the first page of the application.
2018 List of Faculty Research Projects (please stay tuned for list of available faculty).
    • Application requires biographical information, education information, and a one-page statement of purpose.
  • Submit unofficial college transcript(s) from all higher education institutions you have attended, including Fall 2017 grades.
  • Submit two faculty letters of recommendation (forms available with MSRIP application).
  • Submit a Financial Aid Transcript from your institution (where available).
    • This can be a form or a letter, often printed from your campus' online system, which outlines the financial aid you have received each year of your schooling.  Alternatively, you may write a letter stating that you have not received any financial aid if this is the case.

2018 MSRIP Application is now open.  DEADLINE TO APPLY IS FEBRUARY 19, 2018


2018 MSRIP Application 

List of faculty projects 

Letter of Recommendation Form (2 letters are required) 

Please complete application and submit it to Nancy Cruz either via e-mail or USPS.  If you have questions please contact Nancy via e-mail at:

2018 List of Faculty Research Projects.  (Please stay tuned for list.)


Maria Franco-Gallardo
Program Director
(951) 827-3680

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