University of California, Riverside

Medical Scholars Program

Medical Scholars Program

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Helping Undergraduates to Careers in Health and Biomedical Sciences

MSP logoThe Medical Scholars Program (MSP) is a program sponsored by the University of California, Riverside School of Medicine that is designed to help undergraduate students prepare for careers in health or biomedical sciences. Students in the MSP distinguish themselves through their leadership, commitment to program goals, and desire to provide service to underserved and diverse communities.

Students who are first generation to college, socioeconomically disadvantaged, and/or demonstrate commitment to helping underserved communities are strongly encouraged to apply.

All UCR undergraduate students, including new admits and transfer students, are eligible to apply. Admission is based upon a review of the application and interview. Once admitted, MSP students participate in the program throughout their undergraduate career.

Benefits of the Medical Scholars Program

The Medical Scholars Program provides students with a series of enrichment activities that hone their academic skills, expose them to a wide array of campus opportunities, and help them to become excellent candidates for continuing education in the health fields. Benefits include:

Academic Support

  • Peer mentors & transfer ambassadors.
  • Faculty and staff mentors and advisors.
  • Academic coaches for science and math classes.
  • Community college transfer student support.
  • Study skills workshops.
  • Advising nights.
  • Community center for independent and group study sessions.

Research Opportunities

  • Eight-week, full-time paid summer research internships with UCR faculty.
  • Part-time academic year research program.
  • Annual research symposium.

Professional Career Development

  • Career planning workshops.
  • Seminars and workshops on the graduate and professional school application process.
  • Leadership development.
  • Community service opportunities.
  • Seminars and speaker programs with faculty and clinicians on community medicine and health disparities.
  • Community meetings and student networking.

Contact Information

Have a question? Contact us at or call us at (951) 827-4937

Our office is located in the Biomedical Teaching Complex - Unit 1, near the School of Medicine Education Building

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General Campus Information

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

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