Building Bridges Across Riverside

The Life Sciences Department has received a $294,000 three-year grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for Building Bridges Across Riverside Through Water Quality Research.  Through this program, RCC students are able to participate in research at the University of California - Riverside's Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering.  For more information, please contact the Program Director, Dr. Heather Smith at (951) 222-8359 or at heather.smith@rcc.edu.

program participants DJ and Jose get familiar with the lab equipment
Building Bridges across Riverside
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Research Opportunities 

Mentoring Year-round in Biological Engineering, Science and Technology (MY BEST) at UCR

The MY BEST @ UCR program is a National Science Foundation (NSF) Undergradute Research and Mentoring (URM) grant that provides underrepresented undergraduates at Riverside Community College and the University of California, Riverside with research experience and mentoring designed to encourage them to pursue doctoral degrees in biological engineering-related fields. This full-year interdisciplinary program provides opportunities for undergraduate students majoring in science and engineering

For more information, visit the MY BEST website at http://www.engr.ucr.edu/mybest/


Center for Plant Cell Biology (CEPCEB) at UCR
The Center for Plant Cell Biology (CEPCEB) in association with the Institute for Integrative Genome Biology (IIGB) at the University of California, Riverside is commited to providing rewarding research experiences to undergraduate students. As a Research experience for Undergraduates (REU) Site, CEPCEB brings research to students of two- and four-year colleges who have limited opportunity to learn about the excitement and career options that research in plant cell biology offers.
Eight to twelve students are accepted into the ten-week residential program. The program will begin with a one-week workshop, in which students will be introduced to techniques and approaches used for analysis of plant and plant pathogen cell function, including basic molecular biology, genomic and bioinformatic analyses, and confocal microscopy methods used to study live cells. Students will then spend nine weeks working with a faculty mentor and a graduate or postgraduate mentor on a research project of their choice. Students will also participate in workshops to enhance learning skills and professional development, and to discuss ethics in science. Students will live on campus and be given an allowance for meals and a stipend of $3600 for the summer.
For more information, visit the CEPCEB website at: http://www.cepceb.ucr.edu/about/REUAfter2009.html

Contact Us

Located in the Math & Science Building, #12
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Main Office 951-222-8533

Dept. IDS - Julie Taylor 

Dept. Chair - Scott Herrick