The National Institute of General Medical Sciences-Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement Program is supported by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), and The National Institutes of Health (NIH) and are designed to increase the participation of underrepresented minority (URM) students involved in biomedical/behavioral research. The program nurtures undergraduate URM's in a way that induces their interest in and readiness for research careers in the biomedical/behavioral sciences. Students from various majors including Biology, chemistry, Psychology and Exercise Science participate in the programs. Scholars receive Extensive hands-on laboratory research experience that also consists of course-work, workshops and seminars designed to introduce students to biomedical/behavioral science careers and leading scientists.
The main objective of RISE is to strengthen the student's academic and research credentials to facilitate their entry into competitive biomedical/behavioral science graduate (PhD) programs. The program offers students unique opportunities such as summer research internships, Graduate Record Examination (GRE) preparation, publication of their research findings in scientific journals, experience in giving professional presentations at national scientific meetings and other professional development activities.
Scholar Selection Criteria
The NIGMS-RISE Program Selection Committee will evaluate the application of each candidate and the two letters of recommendation. Students must be enrolled full-time in undergraduate majors at WSSU in disciplines useful in the biomedical sciences (chemistry, biochemistry, biology, microbiology, computer science, exercise science or psychology). In addition students MUST have demonstrated high academic ability in course work, i.e., and A-B average and strong letters of recommendation from college or university science faculty and /or administrators.
RISE Scholars will be selected based on the following criteria:
- Full-time academic standing at WSSU
- Freshman, Sophomores, Juniors or Seniors
- Biology, physics, chemistry, psychology, computer science or math majors
- Real interest in biomedical/behavioral research
- Interest in pursuing a Ph.D. in the biomedical or behavioral sciences or a M.D./Ph.D. program
- A cumulative and major GPA or 2.5 or better
- Two letters of recommendation from faculty familiar with and related to the RISE Program
All qualified applicants will be interviewed by the Selection Committee. Selected applicants may be interviewed by the advisory committee. The Selection Committee will make the final determination on student admission to the program.
- Hands-on research experience
- Hourly wages (up to but no more than 15 hours per week)
- Opportunity to travel for one scientific conference per year
- Participation in professional development seminars and activities