Undergrad Experience

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🦈 The Megalodon was less mega than previously believed 

UCR biology graduate student Phillip Sternes led a team of 26 international researchers, including EEOB professor Tim Higham, in publishing a paper that changes scientists' concept of the ancient Megalodon's body shape. Turns out the king of the seas was longer and thinner than once believed, and depicted in films.

▶️ Watch Stephen Colbert mention this UCR discovery on, “The Late Show.”

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🍕😷 Get Texts About Free Stuff on Campus: Join Health, Well-being & Safety on HighlanderLink and get notified via text or email when FREE food and health promotion supplies are available.

💻 ITS is Updating DUO: UCR's multi-factor authenticator, DUO, is transitioning to its new Universal Prompt in March to enhance user security. On Feb. 25, back-end updates may prompt campus users to re-login to their Google accounts.

🇺🇸 Register to Vote: The U.S. Primary Elections will be held on March 5 but you must be registered to vote by Feb. 20 to participate. Don't miss this chance to make sure your voice is heard!

🚲 Get Discounts on E-bikes: UC students, staff, and faculty are now eligible for discounted pricing on multiple styles of bikes through four nationally recognized vendors — Dirwin Bike, Lectric Bike, Ride1Up, and Velotric.

🤖 How to Appropriately Use Artificial Intelligence: Discover tips on how to use new Generative Artificial Intelligence (AI) tools, like ChatGPT, Google Bard, and OpenAI’s DALL-E appropriately in your academic work.

📢 Free Speech Resources: Student action is vital and this Campus Demonstrations video discusses how students can make the most of a demonstration and do so without infringing on anyone else’s rights.

🚉 Free Metrolink Rides: Metrolink is offering UCR students free rides into 2024 with its Student Adventure Pass. Explore fun destinations or get a ride to/from home,  work, and school.

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🎬 Featured Video

The Winter Rush


Watch the hustle and bustle during week one of the winter quarter. This short time-lapse montage took approximately 3,500 photos to create and features a ton of Highlanders! Bet you can spot yourself or your friends.

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✈️ Travel to the United Kingdom for Spring Beak

All majors are invited to join the Oxford Global Entrepreneurial Leadership Program and learn:

  • How geopolitical decisions are shaping the global economic landscape
  • How technology is shaping the way in which we work
  • How Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning can enhance organizational productivity
  • What Gen Y and Z expect from corporate organizations

Register by March 1 and travel March 24-30.

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🪪 R'Card Photo Contest

Capture a photo showcasing one of UCR’s hidden gems and submit it for a campus-wide vote. The student-photographer who gets the most votes will get a $75 voucher to the UCR Bookstore, a framed photo of their submission, and a free 2024 R’Card showcasing their image.

Submissions are due Feb. 29 and voting will be held on Instagram via @UCRServices on March 14.

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💰 Transfer Student Focus Group (Paid)

Get a $30 gift card for sharing your insight as a transfer student during a 60-90 minute confidential discussion with 3-4 other students. Participants must be a transfer students who have completed at least one quarter at UCR. Register for a virtual session.

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💰 Paid Student Health Study

Participate in a paid student health study, 3E by School of Education, and earn $20-35 per visit/study.

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🎶 UCR Pipe Band

UCR's Pipe Band is recruiting student musicians year-round who play or want to learn to play the Great Highland Bagpipes or Scottish-style drumming.  

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🙋🏽‍♀️🙋🏻‍♂️ Seeking a UC Student Regent

Apply to be the next UC Student Regent and become a full voting member of the board, representing students across the university’s 10-campus system. This impactful role brings the voice of students to every issue and decision before the board.

  • The first 50 officially accepted UCR applicants will be added to a drawing for a UCR Sweatshirt and Coffee Bean gift card.

Application deadline: March 11

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🍎 Apply for CalFresh

CalFresh provides qualifying students with up to $250 a month to buy healthy, nutritious foods. These benefits can be used at various local grocery and convenience stores, most farmers markets, and Scotty's convenience stores. 

Apply now or learn more.

🧠 Brain Game (Paid)

Register for one of the several paid studies with UCR Brain Game. Or apply to be involved in various aspects of experiments including participant recruitment, assessment administration, data entry and analysis, software development, and in some cases, the design and management of their own studies.

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🤑 Close Your Financial Aid Gap

Third and fourth-year STEM majors can borrow up to $20K annually for school without co-signers or credit checks through the Student Freedom Agreement.

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🤑 Behavorial Lab Studies (Paid)

Participate in research studies, conducted by School of Business faculty, about decision-making, consumer behavior, organizational behavior, negotiations, and group work. Compensation for in-person studies ranges from $5 to $100 in cash or Amazon gift cards, depending on the study you are chosen for. Sign up ASAP to be considered for this quarter's studies. 

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🤝 Browse Job Postings

Whether you are looking for summer gigs, internships, or part/full-time positions, the Career Center's online job search platform, Handshake, will get you connected with the right employer.

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👩🏽‍🔬👨‍🔬 Find Undergrad Research 

The uResearch Portal is a one-stop shop for students to find opportunities, across all disciplines, to participate in faculty-mentored research, scholarship, and creative activities.

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👥 Join/Start Student Organizations

HighlanderLink is a searchable database of all of our 450+ student organizations. Categories include: Academic/Professional/Honor Organizations; Arts and Expressions; Cultural; Fraternity/Sorority; Action & Awareness; Recreational; Service; Spiritual/Religious/Atheist, and others.

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Good Press

Highlanders are in their pickleball era

Pickleball, a sport blending aspects of tennis, ping pong, and badminton, is played on a court smaller than a tennis court. Participants use solid paddles to strike a plastic ball, reminiscent of a wiffle ball...

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Reaching for the stars

A new astronomy course at UC Riverside offers undergraduates hands-on use of a 14-inch telescope that has a digital camera and filter wheel and is located at a site called Goat Mountain Astronomical Research Station...

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Fresh-squeezed orange juice is back

Scotty's convenience stores have expanded their food, beverage, and snack offerings. A few things worth tasting are the goat cheese salad, parmesan-crusted chicken pesto sandwich, and fresh-squeezed orange juice...

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Energy-efficient home
Undergrads design & build an affordable, energy-efficient home

Once the design was approved by Riverside's structural engineering firm, the students then had to learn how to, well, build a house...

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Highlander Pride


Black History Month

February is Black History Month and UCR is celebrating our Black community with an ode to African Student Programs. Join the ASP community on Instagram to stay connected. Other ways to engage: browse 50 free e-books in UCR Library’s Black History Month digital collection or attend a free screening of “Till” at UCR Arts in downtown Riverside.

Aaliyah ASP
ASP Student

Aliyah served as ASP's 828 Summer Bridge program student coordinator where she supported the transition of 12 first-year Black scholars and went on numerous excursions focused on the Black community in LA. Through her work in African Americans United in Science (AAUS), Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., Xi Rho Chapter, and more, Aliyah has done so much for the community.

Aliyah Kargbo (Biology/Pre-Med, Class of 2024)

Sharee Hughes ASP
ASP Staff

Sharee is charged with coordinating many of the ASP outstanding events that so many people see. Whether it’s Black Queens Week or Black Grad, Sharee has been instrumental in the success of ASP for years. As an alumna, she is an example of what it means to give back to a space that’s given so much to you. 

Sharee Hughes (Program Coordinator, African Student Programs)

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Academic Calendar

February 2024

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Spring's class schedule is posted online.
Enrollment appointments for spring viewable in R’Web.
Mid-Feb.: Spring's Statement of Account (fees, tuition & projected student aid) for enrolled students available in R’Web.
Continuing undergrad students register for spring.
Last day to withdraw from a winter course (w/ $4 fee).
Campus closed for Presidents' Day.
⭐️ Share Student Stories
Seeking Highlanders with Bold Hearts & Brilliant Minds

Tell us about a student (yourself or someone you know) who has received a recent award/accolade, has accomplished something major, or just exudes Highlander spirit — and we'll feature them on our official UCR platforms.

Submit One Student

Submit One Award w/ Multiple Recipients

Elissa Monteiro, School Psychology, winner of the 2023 Grad Slam Finals

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