CNAS Undergraduate Academic Advising Center


Undergraduate Academic Advising Center

2017 CNAS UAAC Staff 

CNAS Advising

The CNAS Undergraduate Academic Advising Center helps students understand the policies and procedures pertaining to their academic careers.  All CNAS students are assigned an Academic Advisor who provides them with the guidance they need to navigate their degree path as well as the university as a whole.  Advisors are also here to direct students to the proper on-campus and off-campus resources.

Important reasons why you should visit the CNAS Advising Center include:

  • Declare or change your major
  • Declare a minor
  • Repeat a class for the second time (third time taking)
  • Take a course or courses outside of UCR during the school year and/or during the summer
  • Take a leave of absence from the university
  • Withdraw from the university
  • Readmit to the university

Click here to view current Scholarships or Research/Academic Opportunities available to CNAS students. 

Learn Biology in Costa Rica this Spring!  It's not too late to apply!

Take advantage of the unique opportunities of this quarter-long program in Monteverde, a rural community of Costa Ricans and North Americans who share a bicultural and bilingual lifestyle in a growing eco-tourism area. Located between seasonally dry Pacific slopes to the west and the tropical rain forest of the Atlantic slope to the east, the area's unique contrasting we​t and dry forests present extraordinary opportunities to study plant-animal interactions, ecology, and natural history.
You will also visit marine habitats and lowland environments. Two of the larger reserves include the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve and the Bosque Eterno de los Niños, which together provide a habitat and protection to more than 3,000 species of plants and a variety of animal species including spider monkeys, quetzales, mountain lions, and tapirs. Strenuous hiking and rustic living conditions contribute to the rewarding nature of this program.
Given the importance of conservation to this program and its instructors, and the persuasiveness of visual communication, editing equipment and other support is available for students who would like to make a video to accompany their research project. Because of Monteverde's rich biological attributes, the area is the target of strong conservation efforts. It attracts biologists from around the world, many of whom serve as guest lecturers and resources for UCEAP.
Eligibility and application information can be found here: http://eap.ucop.edu/OurPrograms/costa_rica/Pages/tropical_biology_quarter.aspx 

Study in Japan this summer! Application Deadline has been extended to March 10!

The Tohoku University STEM Summer Program (TSSP), Exploring the Frontier of Science & Technology is designed specifically for freshmen and sophomores majoring in science and engineering (STEM). Students will have insight into what world society needs based on advanced science and technology in the future and how they can contribute to society through research, while participating in cutting edge classes in advanced sciences and engineering.

Students interested in participating must be nominated by their home campus to be eligible to apply.  If interested, please contact Reiko Sato for details on the nomination process no later than March 6.  The deadline to apply has been extended to March 10.  Please see more details by clicking on the flyer below.



Scholarship Open to All Majors through the UCR School of Public Policy

The UCR School of Public Policy is pleased to announce that applications are now available for the 2018-2019 Charles D. Field Endowed Scholarship funded by the Western Municipal Water District.  Each year SPP awards this scholarship ranging from $850 to a deserving UCR undergraduate student.

Selection Guidelines are as follows:

  • Must be studying in a water-related field or area of study that will lead to water related profession.
  • Students DO NOT need to be public policy majors to apply
  • Must be an undergraduate with junior or senior standing
  • Must have a GPA of 3.0 or better

Application Process:

Applications must be submitted no later than end of day Monday, March 25th 2019. Finalists will be notified in early April and scheduled for an interview with SPP faculty and staff. Scholarship recipient with be notified by early Spring quarter. Please refer any questions to Laura Sosa at laura.sosa@ucr.edu


UC Natural Reserve System Field Studies Program

The Natural Reserve System of the University of California is accepting applications for the 2019 academic year offerings of the UC Natural Reserve System field course, California Ecology and Conservation.  This relatively new program, launched in Fall 2015, has been a tremendous success. Students from across the UC system have gained strong independent scientific research skills while immersed in the training grounds of the UC natural reserves, from Big Sur to the Mojave Desert, from coastal redwoods to California grasslands to high altitude bristlecone pines. Check out this video to get glimpses of what students are calling the most rewarding experience in their undergraduate careers.  See the flyer below for the 2019 schedule for the application deadlines and instruction dates.  See our Off Campus Educational/Research Opportunities page for more details.



Research Experience for Undergraduate (REU) in Plant Ecology & Evolution at UC Santa Barbara 

Interested in gaining hands-on experience in ecological and evolutionary research?  Apply to join a UCSB research team for summer 2019 to investigate the process of natural selection in four populations of the widespread California native wildflower, Baby Blue Eyes (Nemophila menziesii). This research team is investigating wild populations along the length of the state to gain insight into the effects of rainfall and temperature regimes on the strength and direction of natural selection on life history and reproductive traits. Participants in this REU project will spend the summer at UCSB, conducting a combination of greenhouse-and lab-based activities.  Please feel flyer below for more details.  Deadline to apply: March 15, 2019.


Faculty Led Education Abroad Programs (FLEAP) for this Summer! 

Study in Namibia this summer and earn upper-division Biology credit!   The FLEAP Program in Functional Ecology and Herpetology is a combined field, lab and lecture course (BIOL170) that focuses on the biology of amphibians and reptiles by exploring their diversity, physiology, ecology, evolution, behavior, and biomechanics.  The program will also provide research experience (BIOL190) in ecology.   Follow this link for more detailsEAP is also offering Info Sessions about this program throughout the Winter Quarter: every Monday from 12-1pm and Friday from 2-3pm in Skye Hall 308.

Apply to be a Research Trainee or Pre-Trainee through the MARC U-STAR Program

MARC U-Star is an undergraduate NIH-funded research honors FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM for underrepresented minority, economically disadvantaged, or mentally/physically impaired students interested in obtaining a PhD or MD/PhD in Biomedical or Behavioral Science related fields.

Students from any department on campus are welcome to apply, provided they are involved in biomedical or behavioral related laboratory research. 

The deadline to apply for either program is April 5, 2019.

For more information, visit the MARC U-STAR Program website: https://marcu.ucr.edu/ 


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Mon, Tue, Thurs, Fri:
9am-12pm & 1-4pm

10am-12pm & 1-4pm

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Wednesday: 10:00am- 12:00pm & 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Tel: (951) 827-7294 or (951) 827-3102
Fax: (951) 827-2243 or (951) 827-2798
E-mail: cnasstudent@ucr.edu