RISE is a student-development program sponsored by a generous grant from the MORE Division of the National Institute of General Medical Sciences of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
To encourage minority students to pursue careers in biomedical research by preparing them for graduate-level work in the physical and life sciences.
To ensure the quality of their preparation in course content and research skills.
To achieve the program goals RISE students will participate in activities at all levels of their undergraduate development to improve their competitiveness for graduate-level studies. Prior to admission to the program as RISE scholars, freshman or sophomore transfer students are required to (i) complete a course (BIOL/CHEM/PHYS 1600) that gives overviews of the skills, training, and education required for the various occupations in the sciences and includes a workshop on the responsible conduct of research; (ii) achieve a good grade in at least one course in their major; and (iii) complete the 9-week TILT research skills workshop. Click here to link to the RISE student Regulations and Guidelines.
TILT - hands-on training in interdisciplinary biomedical laboratory techniques emphasizing advanced instrumentation. In the summer after their freshman or sophomore year, students will participate in this workshop. It introduces them to the interdisciplinary nature of research and is not part of the traditional degree curriculum. TILT is typically the entry point for student participation in the CSU RISE program. To apply for the workshop, download the application form (click here) and submit it to Dr. Sherman.
ASPIRE - campus and off-campus student research experiences which include both academic year and summer internships. After successful completion of the TILT techniques workshop, students will get actual research experiences working on faculty-led projects during the fall and spring semesters. Students may spend the following summer(s) away at research-intensive universities. Students will have the opportunity to present their research at a regional or national meeting.
CURA - at the next level of their development, students who have completed TILT and have worked in a faculty research laboratory for at least one semester will be eligible to apply for a competitive undergraduate research award (“CURA”) to cover the cost of research supplies for the following summer or academic year. The program will award grants of up to $1,000 to students for the purchase of non-standard laboratory supplies and equipment necessary to complete a specific research project.
Peer-Led Team Learning (PLTL) to increase student achievement and lowering student attrition in introductory “gateway” biology, chemistry, and physics courses. RISE scholars will help teach these critical courses in their major and thus experience what it will be like to be a TA in graduate school.
GRASP - the capstone project which guides students through the graduate school application process including a GRE preparation workshop.
A ten-week GRE preparation workshop is offered at the beginning of each Spring semester. The current workshop started February 12, 2013; and the next will be scheduled sometime in early February, 2014. Participation is free to all CSU undergrads, graduate students and recent grads. However, pre-registration is required. For detailed information and the Registration Interest Form click here. Submit the completed form to Dr Warren Sherman as indicated in the form. Note, that the number of attendees in the workshop is limited and priority will be given to current RISE and LS-AMP STEM majors and after that on a first-come first-served basis.
Opportunities to engage in university-level research.
Paid research internships at CSU during the Fall and Spring semesters.
Paid summer research internships both at CSU and off-campus at research universities.
Travel to scientific conferences to present research results.
The opportunity to develop your own research project, and grants of up to $1,000 for the purchase of non-standard laboratory supplies and equipment necessary to complete that project.
Learn research and teaching skills that will help you succeed in graduate school.
Assistance with GRE exams and graduate-school applications.
Since the original funding of the CSU RISE Program in 1999, 46 students have been admitted to Ph.D. programs in biology, chemistry and physics and 19 alumni of RISE and its MBRS predecessor program have been awarded Ph.D. degrees. 207 RISE students have graduated with B.S. degrees in biology, chemistry or physics. Many of those who have not gone on to academic graduate programs have gone on to professional doctoral programs (pharmacy, medicine) or obtained employment in scientific and health profession areas both in the public sector (hospitals and medical laboratories) and in private industry (pharmaceutical companies). Participation in RISE activities or SCORE research projects is equated by many employers to job experience and gives CSU graduates a competitive advantage in the job market.
The measurable goal of the CSU RISE Program is to increase the numbers of graduates who successfully make the transition to biomedical Ph.D. programs. To view how we are doing in achieving this goal, click here.
For a list of students who were successful in being admitted to Ph.D. programs during the past five years, click here.
For a list of the 19 MBRS alumni (RISE and its predecessor MBRS program) who have been awarded Ph.D. degrees in biomedical disciplines, click here.
For answers to frequently-asked student questions about the Chicago State University RISE program, click here.
If you are interested in applying to be part of the RISE Program, please download and print the RISE Student Employment Form complete it and drop it off at the MBRS Office (room SCI-222). Click here to link to the RISE student Regulations and Guidelines.
For more information about the MBRS-RISE Program, please contact:
Dr. Devi Potluri or Dr. Warren Sherman
Williams Science Center, Room SCI-222
Chicago State University
9501 S. King Drive
Chicago, IL 60628-1598
Phone inquiries (which leave voice messages) at 773-995-2322 or 773-995-2279.
Faxes at 773-995-2169.
E-mail to email@example.com
* The MBRS RISE Program is funded by NIH/NIGMS grant R25 GM59218 through 2013
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This page was updated on 05/06/13