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Richard Cardullo Named Interim Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education

MARCH 1, 2017

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Associate Vice Provost of Undergraduate Education and Director of University Honors Richard Cardullo, is now serving as UC Riverside's interim vice provost for Undergraduate Education. His new role became effective Feb. 21

Cardullo took over the role formerly occupied by Cynthia K. Larive, who now serves as interim provost and executive vice chancellor.

Cardullo is the Howard H Hays Jr. Chair of University Honors and professor of biology. He earned a Ph.D. in biophysics from Johns Hopkins University and joined the UCR faculty as an assistant professor of biology in 1991.

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UC Riverside Student Awarded Public Policy and International Affairs Fellowship

FEBRUARY 15, 2017

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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.

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UC Riverside Sees Record Number of Fulbright Semi-Finalists

February 8, 2017

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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.

Fulbright is the leading international education exchange program. Each year, Fulbright funds nearly 2,000 U.S. citizens to teach, conduct research, and provide expertise abroad.

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UC Riverside Wins Prestigious Award for Student Success in Degree Completion

December 5, 2016

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RIVERSIDE, Calif. ( - UC Riverside is one of a handful of comprehensive universities that have achieved near parity in graduation rates across racial, socio-economic, and gender boundaries. That success has now been recognized by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU), which represents 236 public and land-grant institutions in the U.S., Mexico, and Canada.

UC Riverside won the 2016 "Project Degree Completion Award" for innovation in boosting graduation rates, the APLU announced at its annual meeting last weekend. UCR's four-year graduation rates in 2015 reached 53 percent, and six-year graduation rates were 73 percent - up 11 percent and 7 percent, respectively, from four years earlier.

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Vice Provost Cynthia Larive is Working to Create Greater Opportunities in Undergraduate Education

October 31, 2016

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Cindy Larive understands first hand what students need to succeed.

She is the first in her family to attend college and is the daughter of a South Dakota gold mine worker with a third grade education. Both of her parents understood though, that school was the key to greater opportunities.

At UCR Larive is hard at work, forging opportunities and programs to help students reach to the top. In May she was named vice provost for Undergraduate Education (VPUE) and her position became effective in July. Larive took over the role from Steven Brint, distinguished professor of Sociology and Public Policy, who served as VPUE for five years. He's back on campus teaching full-time.

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Professors Recognized in the 2016 Innovative Teaching & Junior Faculty Excellence in Teaching Awards

October 6, 2016

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Frank Vahid, professor of Computer Science and Engineering, is the winner of the 2016 Innovative Teaching Award.

He, along with the winners of the 2016 Junior Faculty Excellence in Teaching Awards, Assistant Professor of Philosophy Andreja Novakovic, and Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy Brian Siana, will be recognized during an event on Thursday, Oct. 13, at 2 p.m. in HUB 355.

Following the awards, Vahid will present an address, "Experiences Creating Learning Materials for UCR and 500 other Universities, and Five Underlying Teaching Principles" in which he will describe his efforts to oversee the development of more than a dozen interactive, web-native zyBooks in CSE, engineering, and math. These books are used by 500 universities and have impacted over 150,000 students thus far.

Light refreshments will be served.

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Transfer Students and High-Impact Opportunities

September 13, 2016

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Undergraduate Education and International Affa"irs teamed up to welcome hundreds of transfer students to UCR with a presentation on high-impact opportunities. The standing-room only sessions were full of engaged students with questions about study abroad, research, internships, scholarships, and more.

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Celebrating Undergraduate Student Success

September 9, 2016

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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.

"The prestigious scholarships awarded to UCR students provide external recognition that our students are among the best in the world," said Cindy Larive, UCR's vice provost of undergraduate education.

Four years ago, the Office of Undergraduate Education at UCR launched a new program aimed at mentoring students who want to pursue prestigious scholarships and fellowships.

"The process of applying for national and international awards is long. It requires many hours of drafting essays, obtaining letters of recommendation, and interviewing. But with this program, our faculty and advisors are there guiding students every step of the way," Larive said.

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September 2016 Writing Workshops

September 6, 2016

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All ARC workshops are for undergraduate students only.

General Statements of Purpose
Location: Academic Resource Center, Surge 156
Date and Time: Sept. 8, 11am-12:30pm

Personal statements are necessary if you're planning on applying to graduate or professional schools and even for many scholarships and fellowships. The ARC's Writing Support Specialist will go over common elements of personal statements and how to get started on writing your own.

Fulbright/NSF GRFP Application Writing Drop-In
Location: Academic Resource Center, Surge 156
Date and Time: Sept. 20, 11am-12:30pm

Working on your application to the Fulbright Program or the NSF GRFP? Bring your essays to the ARC and work in our computer lab! The Writing Support Specialist will be available for mini-consultations as you work.

UE Launches Faculty-Led Experiential Summer Learning Programs, Summer 2017

June 8, 2016

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The Office of Undergraduate Education (UE) invites faculty to submit proposals for faculty-led Experiential Summer Learning (EXSL) Programs to be offered during Summer Session 2017. The deadline for proposals is Friday, July 15, 2016.

Experiential Summer Learning Programs offer students the unique opportunity to study closely with a UCR faculty member while traveling in the United States and obtaining academic credit. Programs will offer eight units of academic credit (e.g., two 4-unit courses). Programs would be offered during Summer Session 1 or 2; each session is five weeks long, and will include two to five weeks of travel in the United States.

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Two UCR Undergraduates Receive Fulbright Awards

May 3, 2016

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Two UCR undergraduate students have received Fulbright awards.

Jwyanza Hobson has received a Fulbright U.S. Student Program grant from the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. Hobson will be teaching English in Vietnam.

"Julianne Rolf will be researching at the Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB) as part of a project studying calcite precipitation in hardwater lakes in the northeast region of Germany.

Hobson and Rolf are two of more than 1,900 U.S. citizens who will teach, conduct research, and provide expertise abroad for the 2016-2017 academic year through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. Recipients of Fulbright awards are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement as well as record of service and demonstrated leadership in their respective fields.

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. The Fulbright Program is funded through an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State. Participating governments and host institutions, corporations, and foundations around the world also provide direct and indirect support to the Program, which operates in over 160 countries worldwide.

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National Science Foundation Awards Graduate Research Fellowships

April 8, 2016

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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.

Previous fellows include numerous individuals who have made transformative breakthroughs in science and engineering research, become leaders in their chosen careers, and been honored as Nobel laureates.

"This fellowship has a long history of selecting recipients who achieve high levels of success in their future academic and professional careers, we are very pleased that UCR student achievements are being recognized at this level," said Gladis Herrera-Berkowitz, UCR's director of Student Success Programs in the Office of Undergraduate Education.

She said it was especially satisfying to know that three of the UCR graduate fellowship winners were UCR undergraduates as well, because it demonstrates that the campus provides an excellent undergraduate education. They are: Riley Bottom (neuroscience); Marissa Ann Gionet-Gonzales (chemistry); and Julianne Rolf (environmental engineering). Rolf is a current Chancellor's Research Fellow, a 2015-2016 Barry Goldwater Scholar, and also a recipient of a Fulbright Research Award in Germany.

Awardees who did their undergraduate work elsewhere but have come to UCR for graduate work: Komi German, (psychology); Jesse Tamayo (chemistry); Samantha Corber (bioengineering); Aaron Martinez (geosciences); Ida-Louise Pairs (chemistry).

Three more UCR graduates are NSF Graduate Research Fellows, and are using those Fellowships at other institutions: Nerli Paredes Ruvalcaba, (biological anthropology) at Michigan State University; Fallon Fowler (Life Sciences - Ecology) at North Carolina State University; Brendon Butler (Psychology) at University of California-Irvine.

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Global Issues Forum Discusses Global Gender Equity

March 17, 2016

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On March 8, 2016 (International Women's Day), the Global Issues Forum brought students and faculty together to discuss global perspectives on gender equity and justice. Panelists included UCR faculty with personal and professional experience in many corners of the world. Tanya Rawal , Ademide Adelusi-Adeluyi , Muhamad Ali , Erla Marteinsdottir, Ruhi Khan , and Perry Link each shared brief introductions with the whole group. Each faculty member also sat with a group of students, who presented topics and questions for further discussion. Topics of discussion included women in government in Indonesia, the impact of linguistic differences in Nigeria, and intersectionality with race and class in India. One student commented: "I learned that gender inequity varies in different contexts like social class, national setting, and professional setting. I really enjoyed hearing the different perspectives from different faculty and I left the forum with some questions to think about." The Global Issues Forum is also ramping up for a focus on the War on Drugs. On April 21st at 4pm in the Alumni Center, the forum will host a discussion with Angela Hawken (co-author of Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know) and Everard Meade (Director of the Trans-Border Institute), moderated by UCR's David Pion-Berlin. Check out the GIF blog blog, currently featuring profiles of people around the world fighting for gender equity.

Photos from the Leadership Pathway First Term Class.

March 14, 2016

The 20 Leadership Pathway students completed their first class of three in the Pathway. The class was taught by Prof. Elaine Wong (School of Business Administration). In each class students were involved in experiential exercises and group discussions to hone their understanding of leadership and their leadership skills.

Top High School Students Can Dip Into a Summer Subject at UCR

March 11, 2016

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High-achieving school students have the opportunity to test out a major or pursue a new interest by taking a college class at UC Riverside this summer. Apply early. The program has room for just 150 high school students each year. Students must have a 3.5 GPA or above.

The classes come with an orientation, a campus tour and a lunch time discussion about what it's like to be an undergraduate at UCR.

Summer Academy program participants choose from courses offered in Session 1 (June 20 - July 23, 2016), Session 2 (July 25 - August 27, 2016) and Session 6 (June 20 - August 6, 2016). Course fees range from $723-$876 for a 5-week session, with financial aid available for eligible students.

New this year, Summer Academy will be offering a cohort program for students to take one class and participate in co-curricular programs together during Session 1 (Monday-Thursday, 8am-4pm). Students select one course from either Chemistry, Theater, or Psychology.

"We do not recommend taking more than one course if this is your first time participating in the Summer Academy, " said Christine Victorino, assistant vice provost of undergraduate education. "The courses are accelerated and the expectations are high, but offer incredible opportunities to learn about the overall college experience. "

More information is available online here
Email questions to the Summer Academy coordinator at

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