University of California, Riverside

Undergraduate Education


  • Honors Convocation
    Honors Convocation is an awards ceremony that recognizes high-achieving students across all four undergraduate colleges (BCOE, CHASS, CNAS, SOBA).
  • WASC Re-accreditation
    WASC Re-accreditation provides a range of support services intended to maximize UCR students' competitiveness for prestigious awards. The office works with students at all academic levels to create effective strategies for securing scholarships, fellowships, and awards.
  • UC Riverside Student Selected as a Gates Cambridge Scholar
    February 8th, 2016
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    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

  • UCR featured in White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics
    February 1st, 2016
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    The University of California, Riverside has been recognized by the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics as a Bright Spot in Hispanic education. The announcement was made Sept. 15, 2015 at the launch of Hispanic Heritage Month and in honor of the Initiative's 25th anniversary in Washington, D.C. As a Bright Spot, UCR is part of a national online catalog that includes over 230 programs that invest in key education priorities for Hispanics.

    To elevate their work, including promising practices of these Bright Spots and learn from their experience, the Initiative is hosting a series of public engagements, via Google+ Hangout over the coming year. UCR was featured in the Google+ Hangout focusing on Post-Secondary Completion. The Google+ Hangout was broadcast live on January 20, 2016 and included (from left to right): Christine Victorino, Richard Cardullo, Michael McKibben, Maria Franco-Aguilar, Jose Beruvides, Maria Franco-Aguilar, Gabriela Canalizo, Steven Brint, and Joey Mavity. During the Hangout, UCR was recognized for achieving parity in graduation rates among Hispanic and non-Hispanic students (scroll video to 43:30).

    Click here to watch the discussion.

  • Revised Undergraduate Experience Survey Highlights Multifaceted Nature of Student Success
    January 26th, 2016
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    Formed in 2008, The SERU Consortium includes 15 Association of American Universities (AAU) institutions, including the University of Minnesota, which manages and administers the SERU survey. All campuses of the University of California are also part of the SERU Consortium. UCUES, UC's version of the survey, is administered through UC's Office of the President.

    Read more at UCR Today

  • GIF's Inaugural Event is A Success
    November 17th, 2015
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    The UCR community recently welcomed three political experts to participate in an active discussion on the subject of immigration policies in both the United States and Europe at the "Crossing Borders" event on Nov. 5. Hosted by the Global Issues Forum (GIF), a newly-formed group of students and faculty who are interested in international issues, the event served as an opportunity to bridge the gap between students and academic faculty. The goal was to spark a conversation around the important global issue of immigration.

    The panel included: Richard Alba, distinguished professor of sociology at City University of New York; Sara Wallace Goodman, UCI faculty and author of Immigration and Membership Politics in Western Europe; and UCR's very own Karthick Ramakrishnan, professor and associate dean of the School of Public Policy.

    The panel started off with the experts explaining their research and knowledge on immigration separately. Immigration policies, statistics of migrants and their socioeconomic effect on the country, as well as migrants' assimilation and integration into host countries were among the topics addressed in the discussion. Following the presentations, it was open-floor for the public to present their questions to the three panelists.

    Located at HUB302N, the event drew a full room of engaged UCR community members.

    Second-year undergraduate student and GIF student leader Asra Irfan said, "It was amazing to hear about immigration policies from the perspective of faculty as they highlighted important concepts from basic immigration policies to their impact on an international scale." GIF student leader Vashti Gonzalez adds, "All the faculty was very personable and I enjoyed getting to listen to their points of view on many things including politics to our hometown."

    The "Crossing Borders" event is the first of several forums that GIF will be hosting throughout the year. The next UCR Global Issues Forum is on Dec. 2 and is entitled "Living History: Austerity, Crisis, and Politics in 2015 Greece."

    Global Issues Forum: Crossing Borders Video

    UCR Global Issues Forum Website

  • UC Riverside Undergraduate Named Finalist for Marshall Scholarship
    November 5th, 2015
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    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.

  • Conversations with Master Teachers Event
    October 28, 2015
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    The Office of Undergraduate Education in conjunction with the Academy of Scholarships, Teaching and Learning hosted its first "Conversations with Master Teachers" event on October 14. The event attracted over 125 people, including faculty, graduate students, and post-doctoral scholars. Master Teachers hosted 17 tables on topics related to teaching excellence. The event was based on a "speed dating" format, with master teachers presenting for 7 minutes and discussion for 8 minutes. "The Theatrics of Teaching," What Cognitive Science Tells Us About Learning," and "Motivating Students" were among the most heavily attended tables. Attendees rotated to as many tables as they wanted during the 3 hour event. A short lightning round followed in which participants could offer observations or ask questions about teaching.

    The event was almost certainly the largest teaching-related special event in the history of the campus. More than 90% of respondents to a follow-up survey agreed or strongly agreed that they received useful information, and more than 80% agreed or strongly agreed that they intended to implement something they learned during the event in their own classrooms. As one attendee observed, "Overall I liked the short format and set up for getting input on specific topics. This helped me to spend my time wisely by going to only the tables that had issues I felt I needed help with. Thank you for setting up this opportunity to improve my teaching."

    Master Conversations Flyer and Takeaways

  • UC Riverside's Learning Communities
    October 15, 2015

    Learning communities are a proven way to promote student success (Fairris, Peeples and Beleche, 2006; McKibben and Wallace, 2015). UCR offers robust learning community experiences, combined with peer mentorship and academic support services, to students from across the campus. In CNAS, more than half of students participate in learning communities, in which participants earn higher grades and are more likely to graduate on time. In CHASS learning communities, students take courses from across the humanities and social sciences, while also participating in first-year workshops and working with peer mentors. In 2014, CHASS also piloted pre-business learning communities for students who will transfer to SOBA. BCOE students not only take key introductory courses together, they also focus on the habits of academic success, work in multidisciplinary teams to solve real world engineering problems, and have the chance to live together in Ingenuity Hall.

  • Two UC Riverside Students Finalists for International Academic Award
    October 2, 2015

    RIVERSIDE, Calif. ( - Brandon Tran ('16) and Spencer Salazar ('15) from the University of California, Riverside have been named Highly Commended entrants in the Undergraduate Awards 2015.

    "I feel blessed to have had my paper reach the highly commended category on an international level," said Salazar in response to the distinction.

    The Undergraduate Awards is the world's only pan-discipline academic awards program that identifies leading creative thinkers through their undergraduate coursework, according to Gladis Herrera-Berkowitz, the director of student success programs in Undergraduate Education. It is open to all junior and senior undergraduate students in a degree course from all disciplines. Tran and Salazar, both in the University Honors programs, and students in the Psychology department, have come in the top 10 percent of this year's 5,117 submissions.

    "Undergraduate Education promoted this opportunity campus wide during the spring, and there were over 50 submissions from our campus. So, we are very excited that UCR students are being recognized at an international level, and that two are coming out of Honors and the Psychology Department," said Herrera-Berkowitz.

    Brandon Tran

    Tran's project, Pronoun Usage by Doctors and Patients in Surgical Consultations, examined physician-patient interaction and how doctors talk to their patients. Specifically, whether doctors use of group association pronouns (we/us), versus singular person pronouns (I/me), were associated with positive health outcomes for patients.

    The results of his study suggested that when doctors use "we/us" more often, patients reported significant increases in hopefulness after meeting with their physician and doctors rated the consultation as more productive overall. Tran said he believes these benefits may be due to a team-oriented mindset, which in turn provided a sense of support. He hopes his research will help innovate techniques to strengthen physician-patient communication and improve the quality of modern healthcare.

    "It has been a great honor to represent UCR on an international level. I was originally skeptical reading the email inviting me to fly to Dublin, but I am proud to have worked with such great people encouraging me to apply," said Tran.

    Spencer Salazar

    Salazar's paper, titled Morphine Induced Feeding via Intracranial Injection into the Lateral Septum: Identification of the Neural Substrates, looked at the behavior of the neurological system. His experiments were carried out in Dr. B. Glenn Stanley's lab said Salazar.

    As Highly Commended, Tran and Salazar have been awarded a certificate, will have their work published in the new online Undergraduate Library that will be launched early next year, and have been invited to attend the exclusive Global Summit in Dublin, Ireland from November, 10-November 13. Unfortunately, both have prior obligations, and will not be able to attend the summit.

  • First Global Issues Forum Event Coming Soon!
    September 25, 2015
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    The first event in the inaugural year of the Global Issues Forum will provide important context for ever-growing conversations about immigration, comparing immigration policy in the US and Europe. The panelists include UCR's own Karthick Ramakrishnan; Richard Alba, Distinguished Professor of Sociology at the City University of New York and co-author of the book Strangers No More: The Challenges of Integration in North America and Western Europe; and Sara Wallace Goodman (UCI), author of Immigration and Membership Politics in Western Europe. The Student Leadership team for the Global Issues Forum-consisting of students returning from studying abroad, Honors program ambassadors, and Model UN leaders-is eager to welcome students, staff, faculty, and community members from across a broad range of disciplines to engage in this conversation. Join us on November 5th at 4pm in HUB 302N.

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  • Coordinator, Educational Initiatives

    Reporting to the Assistant Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education (UE), the coordinator leads Educational Initiatives, which include high-impact programs for undergraduate students. The incumbent is a highly effective program coordinator, with proven skills in conceptualizing, launching, marketing, and scaling new programs. The incumbent must have outstanding organizational, interpersonal, communication, and problem-solving skills; be able to manage multiple priorities; and thrive in a fast-paced work environment. The incumbent will collaborate with UE personnel, colleges, associate deans, academic senate committees, faculty members, student affairs managers, academic advisors, and other campus colleagues to implement high-impact educational programs that promote student success and academic excellence; these include, but are not limited to student-led R Courses, Global Issues Forum, service-learning, internships, and undergraduate research programs.

    Position open until filled. To apply for this position please visit JOBS AT UCR.

UCR's Graduation Rate Initiative

Last June, EVC/P Dallas Rabenstein appointed a task force to look into the causes of UCR's comparatively low graduation rates and to make recommendations to increase the campus's 4 and 6-year graduation rates.  In January, the Graduation Rate Task Force submitted its final report.  The report has been endorsed by Chancellor Kim Wilcox, EVC/P Rabenstein, and the College deans.

In the coming months the campus will post an implementation plan and reports on the implementation of the recommendations of the Task Force.

The purpose of a university is to produce "more intelligent members of society" by fostering "cultivation of the mind."

John Henry Newman, *The Idea of a University*

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University of California, Riverside
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Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

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Undergraduate Education
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Tel: (951) 827-7750
Fax: (951) 827-7745