Our Motto

Scientists are best developed by other scientists serving as mentors who exhibit and expect scholarly excellence.

The California Alliance for Minority Participation is designed for students in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics [STEM] fields pursuing graduate (Master/Doctoral) degrees.

CAMP-UCR was established at the University of California, Riverside in 1994 and is funded by the National Science Foundation [NSF] and the University of California Office of the President [UCOP].

CAMP-UCR is a program that works to encourage NSF-declared underrepresented students in the STEM fields to successfully complete undergraduate science degrees and further pursue their studies at the graduate and professional level. The National Science Foundation considers an underrepresented minority in STEM as students with Black/African-American, Hispanic/Latino, Native American, and Non-Filipino-Pacific Islander ethnic backgrounds reported at UCR at the time of admission.

CAMP exists at nine of the UC campuses and at various California State Universities, California Community Colleges, independent colleges and universities, and national laboratories that together work to achieve a goal of doubling the numbers of minority students receiving a B.S. or a B.A. degree in the many science disciplines.


Louis Stokes CAMP California Alliance for Minority Participation, NSF
CAMP participants holding a C A M P sign

CAMP 2023 Photos

Goals and Aims:

  • To increase the quantity and quality of underrepresented students receiving Baccalaureate, Master and Doctoral degrees in STEM.
  • To support sustained and comprehensive approaches that facilitate achievement of the long-term goal of increasing the number of students who earn doctorates in STEM.
  • Foster undergraduate research as a stepping stone toward higher education
  • Develop written and oral communication skills

The CAMP program has a three-pronged approach:

  • Successfully transition into postsecondary education
  • Achieve academic excellence during college
  • Prepare students for graduate school and/or their desired professional career



  • Faculty see creative research as a way to prepare students for persistence toward the B.S. degree and success in graduate school.  Our efforts affirm that STEM students are best developed by other STEM students serving as mentors who exhibit and expect scholarly excellence.


  • Research opportunities and financial support

  • Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) access

  • Seminars given by distinguished faculty members and UCR alumni

  • Faculty mentoring/Peer mentoring/Peer counseling

  • Graduate school admission and preparation

  • Access to CAMP-UCR Student Center

  • Career counseling and job fairs

  • Study locales

  • Social activities

  • Presentation skills development

  • Professional development workshops

  • Networking opportunities

  • Laboratory training

  • Travel to professional conferences and symposia

  • Outreach


 Program Outcomes 

  • Students have the opportunity to conduct original research
  • Collaboration with other initiatives, inter/intra-collegiate
  • Expanded research opportunities
  • Increase of B.S. completion rates
  • Sense of community and belonging
  • Increased graduate school entry
  • Students present the results of their research at UC system-wide and national scientific conferences.
  • Increased presence nationally


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