National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) Programs at CSU

". . . . . . promoting excellence in the biomedical sciences . . . . . "

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NIGMS supports student training and faculty research in the biomedical sciences at CSU

bullet pointResearch Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (RISE) is a student research training program designed to provide expanded opportunities for undergraduates majoring in biology, chemistry or physics to prepare for doctoral-level work.

bullet point Support of Competitive Research (SCORE) is a program to enhance the biomedical research capabilities of the university  by support of faculty research.

For answers to frequently-asked questions ("FAQ") about the Chicago State University RISE biomedical training 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 CSU NIGMS Office (room SCI-222).  The Program Director will contact you and make an appointment to discuss your eligibility to participate in the program.

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2015 TILT students

Welcome to 5 new RISE trainees who are joined by other STEM undergraduates participating in the 2015 NIGMS-funded "TILT" summer research skills workshop.

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As a measure of the scientific impact of the CSU RISE (and its NIGMS predecessor) Program, publications authored or co-authored by program alumni in peer-reviewed scientific journals now exceed the 150 milestone.

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 Click here for a complete listing of publication citations.

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Congratulations to fifteen CSU NIGMS-funded Programs alumni awarded Ph.D. degrees during the past decade:

Cynthia Aku-Leh, Ph.D. in physics, University of Michigan
Shannon Allen
Ph.D. in molecular biology, Northwestern University
Geraldine Cochran
, Ph.D. in physics education research, Florida International University
Alfred Diggs, Ph.D. in biological engineering, Purdue University
Valerie Goss, Ph.D. in chemistry & nanomaterials, University of Notre Dame
Pablo E. Guzman, Ph.D. in organic chemistry, Emory University
Tyvette Hilliard, Ph.D. in medicinal chemistry, University of Illinois at Chicago
Crystalann Jones, Ph.D. in organic chemistry, University of Illinois at Chicago
Nicole Jones, Ph.D. in biological sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Diana Mayweather, Ph.D. in biochemistry, Northwestern University
Diana Monsivais, Ph.D. in biological sciences, Northwestern University
George Pates, Ph.D. in analytical chemistry, Purdue University
Juan Reyes, Ph.D. in biological sciences, Northwestern University
Stephen Smith, Ph.D. in chemistry, Northwestern University
Noelle Wakefield, Ph.D. in biological sciences, Northwestern University

This brings the total CSU NIGMS-funded programs alumni awarded the Ph.D. degree in one of the biomedical sciences to 26. For a full list , please click here.

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15th Annual ABRCMS Biomedical Research Conference, Seattle, WA, November 11-14, 2015.

Twelve CSU NIGMS-RISE students were among the almost four-thousand attendees at this national conference funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and organized by the American Society for Microbiology.  The CSU group made 10 presentations of their biomedical research results.  For a listing of authors and presentation titles, please click here.

2015 ABRCMS logo  ABRCMS group picture   ABRCMS group picture 2   student poster 

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The CSU biomedical training and research programs receive generous support from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). SCORE faculty research projects are authorized for funding through 2015 and the RISE Program is funded through 2017.

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bullet point  If you have comments, or if you would like more information about CSU NIGMS Programs, contact RISE Program Director, Dr. Devi Potluri, email, or NIGMS programs coordinator Dr Warren Sherman, email

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Site updated 11/23/15