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Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (RISE)


The Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (RISE) program is funded through a grant from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The program is designed to support motivated students interested in developing careers as professional research scientists in biomedical and behavioral science fields. Its goal is to increase the interest, skills, and competitiveness of students pursuing biomedical or behavioral research careers. The program supports research participation and career enhancement of sophomore-through-senior undergraduates, and Master's degree candidates, with the expectation that participants will pursue education to the Ph.D. following graduation.

Who Should Apply?

We are looking for students who are interested in pursuing doctoral degrees and careers in biomedical research and have the potential to succeed. Applications will be reviewed based on a number of criteria including:

  • Evidence of strong academic performance or potential;
  • Passion for scientific inquiry;
  • Potential for successful biomedical research careers;
  • Evidence of resilience, persistence, potential for leadership, and desire to help others through research.

All students interested in pursuing a biomedical/behavioral research career may apply for RISE training. Students from groups traditionally underrepresented in the biomedical and behavioral research workforce, and students who have experienced life challenges that can contribute to the diverse perspectives in biomedical and behavioral research are particularly encouraged to apply. U.S. Citizenship, non-national citizenship, or permanent residency is required to receive federal funding.