Mentoring Summer Research Internship Program (MSRIP)

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. The 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 the UC Riverside and the University of California in general, as well as colleges and universities nationwide. The program’s 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) give the students a first-hand look at graduate opportunities at UCR; 4) assist the students in realizing their potential for graduate studies both at UCR and at other institutions; and 5) provide the faculty mentors a recruitment pool through which to bring interns into their departments as graduate students. 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, students from minority backgrounds and women in underrepresented fields who meet the eligibility criteria are strongly encouraged to apply. 

Program Provisions

•Stipend (generally $3,000)

Application Procedure, Deadline and Notification

•Complete and sign the MSRIP Application; application requires biographical information, education information and a one-page statement of purpose.  

Application Deadline:  March 10, 2019                                 

Notification Deadline:  By April 15, 2019

•Submit unofficial college transcript(s) from all higher education institutions you have attended, including Fall 2018 grades.

•Submit one letter of recommendation (form available with MSRIP application).

2019 MSRIP Application


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

  • Eligibility

    •U.S. citizen, permanent residents and AB540

    •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

    •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, mechanical and bioengineering

    •Computer sciences


    •Social sciences

    •Humanities and education

  • 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

    •Research Symposium

  • Program Prohibitions

    Employment, as well as enrollment in other courses is not allowed during the term of the program.