Support UCR Psychology

You can help UCR Psychology’s undergraduate and graduate student scholars by expanding programs, services, and opportunities. A gift to UCR Psychology can help us succeed in multiple ways in one or more of the following areas. Please make note of the fund to which to allocate your gift.

Undergraduate Education

UCR Psychology offers many undergraduate research opportunities in a wide variety of laboratories in the department. Your gift can help UCR Psychology undergraduate students to participate in and develop research projects by supporting fieldwork in the community, research awards and grants, and travel to research conferences. Your support will also contribute to the department’s ability to host workshops dedicated to undergraduate success, including career workshops and applying to graduate school.

Support Graduate Students

UCR Psychology offers exemplary research opportunities to our graduate student scholars; however, to compete for the best students in California and the US at large, we must offer competitive research fellowships and summer research funding, especially in the high-cost region of Southern California. Your support will also contribute to the support of original, independent research projects led by our graduate student scholars.

Help us attract the best students to our program and contribute to original and creative research that benefits our communities.

The Ross Parke Lecture Series

The annual Ross Parke Lecture Series brings to our UCR campus prominent scholars in the field of socioemotional development. The lecture series highlights recent advances in our understanding of children’s social and emotional development by inviting a nationally recognized scholar to deliver a lecture and discussion on a topic of their expertise.  Please consider a gift to support the annual event.

Donor Stories

In 2018, UCR psychology professor Kate Sweeny was awarded a 3-year Pollitt Term Professorship, which is an endowed chair that supports interdisciplinary scholarship in the humanities and social sciences. Read more about Teresa and Byron Pollitt’s gift that invests in UCR and its student body by supporting interdisciplinary research for the public good.

Outreach Programs Lead by UCR Psychology Professors

University STEM Academy is a program housed in the UCR psychology building led by Professor Carolyn Murray. University STEM Academy is devoted to learning environments and programs that promote African American youth’s interests in careers in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Read more about Dr Murray’s award-winning outreach on disparities and public health and how you can support University STEM Academy.

The UCR Guardian Scholars Program for Foster Youth provides a network of resources for UCR students who are transitioning out of foster care and into higher education. Professor of Psychology Tuppett Yates is the Founder and Executive Director of The Guardian Scholars Program. Now celebrating ten years of foster youth support services, the program provides a range of services to current and former foster youth, including housing scholarships, financial assistance for books, mentoring, career preparation, and bi-weekly social and team building activities. Read more about Dr Yates’ outreach and research focused on foster youth in California and how you can support the UCR Guardian Scholars Program.