RISE Program

 The objective of the Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (RISE) Program is to enhance the competitiveness of program participants in gaining admission into graduate schools to earn Ph.D., or MD/PhD degrees and upon completion of the graduate programs, pursue careers in biomedical research. Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Computer Science majors are eligible to apply for the program. Successful applicants are assigned to program faculty mentors for research training during the academic year and receive compensation in the form of wages. RISE scholars will be assisted in securing summer research internships in major research institutions and will have the opportunity to present their research work in national or regional research conferences. The RISE program is funded by the National Institutes of General Medical Sciences, National Institutes of Health.



  • Biology, Chemistry, Math.& Computer Science majors
  • US citizenship or permanent resident status
  • 60-70 semester hours remaining to graduate
  • GPA of 3.0 or better (cumulative and major)
  • Commitment to enroll in graduate school for Ph.D degree in biomedical sciences
  • Commitment to fully participate in all program activities


  • Compensation in the form of wages for working with project faculty as research trainees
  • Assistance in securing summer research internship at collaborating research institutions
  • Travel cost to attend national/regional research conferences
  • Guidance and support in application to graduate schools

*The RISE Program is funded by a grant (1 R25 GM066714-01A1) by National Institute of General Medical Sciences, National Institutes of Health.