University of California, Riverside

Student Engagement

Student Engagement


Enhancing Your Educational Experience

Besides excelling academically, students can participate in hands on experiences that allow them to apply classroom knowledge to real world situations. 

Students can take advantage of attending a leading research university by participating in faculty mentored research, scholarship, or creative activity; study abroad; and internship opportunities. By optimizing these opportunities students are able to build a competitive resume that will prepare them for graduate/professional school, national and international awards, and/or to enter the work force. 




UC Riverside Undergraduate Students Win Prestigious National Awards


Fourteen students at the University of California, Riverside, have been honored with prestigious national awards during the 2016-2017 academic year.

Since 2012, the Office of Undergraduate Education (UE) has experienced tremendous growth in the number of awards at UCR students win from Gates Cambridge, Goldwater, Fulbright, National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship Program, and the Donald A. Strauss Scholarship, and, the list continues to expand. Read more at UCR Today



14 UCR Students Awarded National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships


Fourteen UC Riverside students — eleven of whom completed, or will complete their undergraduate degrees at UCR — have been awarded the prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships (NSF GRFs).

These students were among a total of 2,000 awardees chosen this year, out of more than 13,000 applicants nationwide. Read more at UCR Today



UC Riverside Student Awarded Public Policy and International Affairs Fellowship

Phong Au-Hong, a junior in the entomology department at the University of California, Riverside, has been awarded one of 20 spots in the Public Policy and International Affairs Junior Summer Institute (PPIA JSI) at Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz College.
Each year, PPIA awards high-potential undergraduate students from universities across the country to participate in an intensive seven-week JSI program before their senior years. Read more at UCR Today

UC Riverside Sees Record Number of Fulbright Semi-Finalists

RIVERSIDE, Calif. ( - The University of California, Riverside, Office of Undergraduate Education, and Graduate Division, announced that the Fulbright U.S. Student Program National Selection Committee has recognized 11 UCR students as semi-finalists for a Fulbright fellowship. This is a record for the university. Read more at UCR Today

Celebrating Undergraduate Student Success

RIVERSIDE, Calif. ( - Future leaders in academia, public policy, international business and many other fields compete each year for prestigious post-graduation fellowships. At the University of California, Riverside, the number of students seeking - and winning - these honors, is on the rise. Since 2012, UC Riverside undergraduates have received 62 highly competitive scholarships - a figure unprecedented at the campus. Read more at UCR Today

Two UCR Undergraduates Receive Fulbright Awards

UC Riverside Undergraduate Named Finalist for Marshall Scholarship

Jwyanza Hobson and Julianne Rolf are two of more than 1,900 U.S. citizens who will teach and conduct research abroad next year through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program.

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to build relations between the people of the United States and the people of other countries that are needed to solve global challenges. Read more at UCR Today

National Science Foundation Awards Graduate Research Fellowships

UC Riverside Undergraduate Named Finalist for Marshall Scholarship

Six UC Riverside graduate students have won 2016 National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowships for having demonstrated their potential for significant achievements in science and engineering research.

Each fellowship consists of three years of support usable over a five-year period. For each year of support, NSF provides a stipend of $34,000 to the fellow, and a cost-of-education allowance of $12,000 to the degree-granting institution. Read more at UCR Today

UC Riverside Student Selected as a Gates Cambridge Scholar

UC Riverside Student Selected as a Gates Cambridge Scholar

RIVERSIDE, Calif. ( – Connor Richards, a fourth-year physics major at the University of California, Riverside, has been awarded the Gates Cambridge Scholarship, one of the most prestigious international scholarships in the world.

“This is the most prestigious award for graduate study that any UCR undergraduate has ever won, and it is a great tribute to Connor that he has earned this distinction,” said Steven Brint, vice provost of undergraduate education. Read more at UCR Today

UC Riverside Undergraduate Named Finalist for Marshall Scholarship

UC Riverside Undergraduate Named Finalist for Marshall Scholarship

Connor Richards, has been named as a finalist for the Marshall Scholarship. This award is one of the most prestigious in the nation. Up to forty Scholars are selected each year to study at graduate level at an UK institution in any field of study.

As future leaders, with a lasting understanding of British society, Marshall Scholars strengthen the enduring relationship between the British and American peoples, their governments and their institutions. Marshall Scholars are talented, independent and wide-ranging, and their time as Scholars enhances their intellectual and personal growth. Their direct engagement with Britain through its best academic programmes contributes to their ultimate personal success. Read more about Connor at UCR Today.

Chancellor's Research Fellowship

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The UCR Chancellor’s Research Fellowship is designed to encourage the development of faculty mentored research and creative activity among the UC Riverside undergraduate student population. A new cohort of Fellows are selected every spring quarter.

The application deadline for academic year 2017/2018 is April 10, 2017.  Application Workshops will be held throughout the Winter quarter, please check the CRF site for dates.  The application will open in late Winter 2017.

Honors Convocation

Honors Convocation

The 31st Annual Honors Convocation will be held on
Monday, May 22, 2017 in the University Theatre.

National Prestigious Scholarships & Awards

National Prestigious Scholarships & Awards

UC Riverside undergraduate students have received 62 prestigious scholarship awards since 2012.  Read more at UCR Today.

Symposium for Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity

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During the Symposium, students in all disciplines — the arts, humanities, sciences, and engineering — present their faculty-mentored research and creative projects to audiences of peers, faculty and administrators. The Symposium takes place during the spring quarter. Deadline for Symposium Abstract Submission: Monday, April 3, 2017.  The event will take place on May 3rd & 4th, 2017.

Undergraduate Research Journal

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The Undergraduate Research Journal (UGRJ) is an annual publication of the best faculty-mentored undergraduate research and scholarship at UC Riverside. Each selection in the journal has been peer-reviewed by the Student Editorial Board as well as the Faculty Advisory Board of UGRJ. The journal is unveiled every spring quarter. 
Submission deadlines are in winter & spring.

Undergraduate Research Tracking Report

The report found that 22% of enrolled undergraduates participated in faculty-mentored research and creative activities in AY2012-13. The majority of students participated through research courses and later in their academic careers (i.e., juniors and seniors). Female and underrepresented minority (URM) students participated in undergraduate research at largely the same proportion as their campus enrollment. The report offers detailed information regarding undergraduate research participation by type, college, year, gender, and race/ethnicity.

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