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.
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.
The R.I.S.E Program is taking applications at this time.
Please read the program requirements below.
If you would like to apply, please email Mrs. Alvita Byers at firstname.lastname@example.org. Once you receive an application from Mrs. Byers, complete the application and forward it to the appropriate parties listed at the bottom of the form. If you have any questions concerning the program, please contact Mrs. Byers at the above email. (Faculty Recommendation forms must be submitted with the application)
RISE Scholars will be selected based on the following criteria:
- Full-time academic standing at WSSU
- Freshman, Sophomores, Juniors or Seniors
- STEAM majors (science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics, or applied mathematics)
- 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 higher
- Two letters of recommendation from faculty who are familiar with the RISE Program (Faculty Recommendation forms are on the left side-bar of the web page)
Once your application is reviewed, you will receive a decision email concerning your participation in 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
Additional Research Opportunities
Enhancing Undergraduate Education and Research in Aging to Eliminate Health Disparities (ENGAGED)
Undergraduate students with an interest in earning their PhD/advanced professional degree in the biomedical sciences for a research career in aging are encouraged to apply. ENGAGED sponsorship includes a stipend and tuition, depending upon level of participation. Please click the link above to apply for this program.