University of California, Riverside

Graduate Division

Other Venues for Facilitating Recruitment

California Pre-Doctoral Program

The intent of the California State University’s California Pre-Doctoral Program (CPDP) is to enhance the probability of CSU educationally and/or economically disadvantaged juniors, seniors or master’s students to gain entrance into University of California doctoral programs. A joint advisory committee of CSU-UC selects approximately 80 scholars to participate in CPDP in the subsequent academic year through the following summer. Cal Pre-Doc scholars have participated in UCR summer research programs, and many have continued into our Ph.D. programs in science, math, humanities and social sciences.

CSU Workshops

We are developing cooperative working relationships with the CSU campuses’ MARC/MBRS directors as well as with our own college offices and departments. We conduct workshops to a captive audience of students who are already in specialized programs, geared to funnel them to UC campuses. In addition to conducting workshops on applying to graduate school and financing a graduate education, establishing these partnerships with CSU campuses supports other activities. For example, as part of a workshop event, we may invite a faculty member and/or graduate student to accompany an APO staff member, selected on the basis of the discipline areas of the audience (i.e., sciences, engineering, liberal arts, etc.). These faculty and students will complement APO staff, with their working knowledge of the main areas/program offerings in individual programs/departments. Typically, students’ specific areas of interest are known in advance of these workshops. We also invite groups of students to visit the UCR campus and meet with faculty in their area of interest.

Research Conferences

APO staff, graduate students, faculty and/or academic program staff attend two major undergraduate research conferences. The first of these conferences is the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS). The key sponsors for this event are government agencies, national laboratories, educational institutions, businesses and other organizations and include (but are not limited to): the Center for Research Resources, the Science Education Partnership Award, the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, the Office of Research on Minority Health, the Indian Health Service, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the National Security Agency, NSF / Geoscience, the U.S. Department of Energy/Life Sciences Division, and the David and Lucille Packard Foundation. The second conference is the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS), sponsored by the Division of Minority Opportunity Research, National Institute of General Medical Sciences of NIH. Each conference is held during the fall.

California Forum for Diversity in Graduate Education

A consortium of 46 California public and private colleges and universities plans the Forum. It is designed to meet the needs of advanced undergraduates and master’s candidates from institutions in northern and southern California, who belong to groups that have been historically or are currently underrepresented in doctoral-level programs. These groups include: African Americans, American Indians, Chicanos/Latinos, Filipinos, Pacific Islanders, Asian American women, and Asian American men in the arts, humanities, and social and behavioral sciences. Approximately 1300 pre-selected, high-achieving undergraduate and master’s students from southern California institutions attend this event. The students explore graduate opportunities and resources by participating in numerous workshops conducted throughout the day. Between 150-200 recruiters are expected from all over the country, including some of the ivy league schools. Graduate programs leading to academic Master’s and/or Ph.D. degrees are welcome to participate in a recruitment fair that will take place concurrently with other planned activities. This event is open to all disciplines except medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, business, and law, all of which have their own recruiting networks. Students are transported to this event by chartered buses and vans, free of charge. For UCR students interested in attending the 2017 CFDGE Forum, it will be held at CSU Channel Islands  on Saturday, November 4, 2017. Registration materials are available through APO; contact Maria Franco-Gallardo via e-mail at:

Graduate Information Fairs

These are one-day events held during alternating weeks in northern and southern California at UC campuses, Cal State University campuses, and private institutions. This venue provides an opportunity for graduate programs to recruit students from specific campuses. Each event is scheduled for four to five hours, beginning mid-morning.

More Information 

General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Contact Information

Graduate Division
University Office Building

Tel: (951) 827-4302
Fax: (951) 827-2238