Funding Opportunities

Graduate Preparatory Programs

  • California Alliance for Minority Participation (CAMP)  : Designed for students in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics field pursuing graduate (Master/Doctoral) degrees. Faculty-mentored research experience is the foundation, providing the preparation and impetus for graduate studies.
  • Council on Undergraduate Research : Supports and promotes high-quality undergraduate student-faculty collaborative research and scholarship..
  • Institute for Broadening Participation Programs and professional development resources for current and prospective undergraduate students–research experiences for undergraduates (REU), scholarships, and travel and research opportunities are made available by this platform.
  • McNair Scholars Program: Designed to prepare undergraduate students for doctoral studies through involvement in research and other scholarly activities. McNair participants are either first-generation college students with financial need, or members of a group that is traditionally underrepresented in graduate education and have demonstrated strong academic potential.
  • Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program: A two-year program at UC Riverside that provides financial support, research mentorship, and assistance with graduate school applications.
  • Mentoring Summer Research Internship Program (MSRIP): 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.
  • Native American Political Leadership Program: Held at George Washington University. Provides academic scholarship with funding from AT&T for American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian students to experience an introduction to the nation’s capital and opportunities to study the public policy decision-making process, governmental functions, and politics in a democratic society.
  • UC Leadership Excellence through Advanced Degrees (UC LEADS): A two-year program designed to identify educationally and/or economically disadvantaged undergraduates pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), who will conceivably complete doctorate degrees. Sophomore students (or juniors planning on staying a complete fifth year) are encouraged to apply.
  • AP-LS Access Path to Psychology and Law Experience : Increase diversity within psychology and law by increasing the pipeline of competitive graduate school applicants from groups that currently are underrepresented in the field, including racial and ethnic minorities, first-generation college students, LGBT individuals and physically disabled students. AP is designed to encourage faculty members to recruit students from underrepresented groups into their research labs. It provides financial support for the students to obtain meaningful research experience and attend the AP-LS conference as well as other opportunities for mentoring and development.

Presenting Research

  • CAMP Statewide Symposia: Each year, the CAMP (California Alliance for Minority Participation) brings undergraduate researchers to UC Irvine for a weekend full of presentations and workshops.
  • National Council of Undergraduate Research : is dedicated to promoting undergraduate research, scholarship, and creative activity in all fields of study by sponsoring an annual conference for students.
  • Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS): A 3 day conference which serves to equip, empower, and energize participants for their academic and professional paths in STEM.
  • Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP): Hosts an annual convention for social and personality psychologists. The 2020 convention will begin with pre-conferences on February 27, 2020. The two-day convention that follows will be held on February 28-29, 2020.
  • Diversity Undergraduate Travel Award-SPSP: SPSP has established a fund devoted to increasing diversity within personality and social psychology. Eligible undergraduate students are invited to apply for travel awards to attend the SPSP conference
  • Undergraduate Research Journal: The University of California Riverside Undergraduate Research Journal provides a student-edited multi-disciplinary journal that features the very best faculty-mentored undergraduate research and scholarship.
  • Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity Symposium: Provides the opportunity for undergraduates across the disciplines to share their research and creative activities with the UCR community. Students may present their work in a variety of ways, such as oral presentations, poster sessions, art exhibits, performances, and electronic media.
  • Western Psychological Association (WPA): Founded in 1921, WPA is an American learned society that focuses on the exchange of scientific and professional ideas in the field of psychology and other behavioral sciences. In 2020, WPA will be hosting its 100th annual convention in San Francisco between April 30-May 3.