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What is the RISE Fellows Program?

Fellows is a part of RISE and is sponsored by a grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Its goal is to increase the number of students going on to careers in the biomedical sciences. RISE Fellows receive extensive mentoring and academic support as well as the opportunity to participate in undergraduate research while receiving financial support.

The RISE Learning Community supports RISE Fellows through various activities and workshops throughout the year. Fellows prepare and present their research to within the scientific community, participate in especially designed workshops, visit Ph.D. granting institutions, shadow Ph.D. students at various institutions, and are financially supported to present their research at regional and national research conferences.

Who is eligible to apply to Fellows?

Applicant eligibility requirements:

  • U.S. Citizen or U.S. Permanent Residents
  • Minimum of 60 units and 2.5 cumulative GPA
  • Successful completion of some general science and math courses
  • Intend to pursue a Ph.D. in the biomedical science research field 
  • Identifed a research faculty mentor prior to applying to the program
  • RISE Starters are encouraged to apply
  • Students from underserved communities are encouraged to apply
  • (note: some research experience is strongly preferred).

What are the benefits of being a RISE Fellow?

As a RISE Fellow, you will have the chance to work closely with a faculty mentor, graduate and undergraduate research students. RISE activities will help you develop speaking and writing skills, provide information about research opportunities at CSULB, and offer tips on preparing for graduate school and careers in science. You will be part of a learning community of students and faculty members who care about your success.

What are the expectations for participants?

  • Program participants are expected to pursue a Ph.D. in biomedical sciences
  • Maintain a 2.5 cumulative GPA
  • Before applying to the program, you must identify a faculty mentor and lab in which you will conduct your research
  • Work 15 hours a week during the academic year and up to 40 hours a week over the summer and winter breaks. You can arrange your schedule with your lab mentor
  • Attend all the RISE meetings, seminars and workshops regarding career, graduate school, and summer research opportunities
  • Meet with program directors once a semester for an academic advising session
  • Present lab research in at least one conference/symposium and in your lab mentor's meetings mentorís regular laboratory meeting
  • Must submit all abstracts so RISE Program Coordinator in the Jensen SAS Center for publication
  • Prepare formal report of your work in your research laboratory over the duration of your research activities
  • Check for RISE Learning Community Webpage and e-mail correspondence
  • Take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) before graduating from CSULB.