UCR Mentoring Summer Research Internship Program (MSRIP)

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Summer Research Internship at UCR

The goal of MSRIP is to increase the number of outstanding students from diverse backgrounds who pursue Ph.Ds by strengthening their academic and professional development for admission to University of California campuses and UC Riverside, in particular, as well as colleges and universities nationwide. MSRIP'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. 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 faculty mentors to the possibility of recruiting 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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Program Details

What is it?

MSRIP is an 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.

Participants generally receive a stipend of $3,000 for the 8-week program. Housing and out-of-state transportation costs up to $500 are covered by the program. 

After the summer program, MSRIP CAMPARE students will be offered the opportunity to present their research at a professional conference, such as the meetings of the American Physical Society or the American Astronomical Society, or the National Conference on Undergraduate Research.

Who should apply?

Applicants must be at least 18 years of age by the beginning of the program. They must be enrolled in one of the CAMPARE participating institutions at the time of their application. Participants should not have graduated from their four-year institution before the beginning of the summer internship. Community college students in the process of transferring to a four-year institution are eligible to apply.

All applicants must have completed a minimum of one full year of college-level physics and mathematics by the start of the program. Experience in computer programming is a plus.

When and How to Apply

Applications are due February 1, 2021. To apply to the program, follow the Application Instructions.

In addition, each applicant must request confidential reference letters from two faculty members, employers, or supervisors, who are familiar with the applicant’s abilities, interests and motivation toward research. Reference letters should be submitted by theirs authors, using the link on the application instructions page. Applicants should indicate the names, addresses, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses of their references in their on-line application.

Successful applicants will be notified by March. The 2020 MSRIP CAMPARE program will tentatively run from Monday, June 21 2020 through Friday, August 13 2021. Participants must be available for the program’s entire eight-week duration.

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grants DUE-1741863, AST-1636646, and AST-1836019.