RISE Program

 TILT students


Program personnel:

Devi Potluri, RISE Program Director
Warren Sherman, MBRS Coordinator
Mark Erhart, TILT Workshop Director
Melvin Daniels, Training Project I Leader
John Archie Peters, Training Project II Leader
Christopher Botanga, Training Project III Leader
Kevin Swier, Training Project IV Leader
Alicia Nesbary, Graduate Assistant
Andrew Maselli, Workshop Coordinator (Microscopy, Safety, and PhotoShop)
Charlene Snelling, Library Workshop Coordinator
Jeff Fortman, Rodent Workshop Coordinator
Ron Glowinski, Chemistry Workshop Coordinator


Important Dates       

May 26 (T)
TILT program begins
May 26 – June 24 (W)
Training projects I and II
June 29 (M)Written Reports due from Training projects I and II
June 25 (R) – July 23 (R)Training projects III and IV
July 3 (F)    
Holiday (no sessions)
July 24 (F) Powerpoint presentations for Training projects III and IV
July 24 (F)TILT program ends


Training Project Guidelines          

Training Project



Project Name




5/26 – 6/24





5/26 – 6/24





6/25 – 7/23





6/25 – 7/23



 *Project descriptions (authored by Faculty) are posted on Moodle prior to the project start date.

  • Project Leader presentations are scheduled for the first day of the session (May 26 @ 1:00 PM; June 25 @ 1:00 PM). Presentations (PowerPoint) will be 15 –20 minutes with time for questions. Students will cast written ballots to choose project of their choice. The eligible students will be assigned to the two projects by M. Erhart. 
  • Sessions are M – R; begin promptly at 1:00 PM and end before 5:00 PM.
  • Leaders are solely responsible for ensuring that students are engaged in meaningful work from 1-5 every afternoon.
  • Fridays are used for off-campus assignments; an objective assessment of work performance is applied. Assignments should take an estimated 3 – 4 hours to complete. Students will be paid for 4 hours of work only if the Project Leader receives assignment result at the specified time.
  • Leaders are primarily responsible for ensuring that project is well-defined and that weekly progress is being made toward the final paper/presentation. Adequate morning time will be set aside for proofing and editing of papers/presentations.
  • No equipment can be purchased for TILT training projects. If special equipment needs arise for projects, please work with M. Erhart to arrange for equipment.
  • Leaders for TP I and II are primarily responsible for approving final papers from their groups. We do not assign letter grades, but papers deemed to be below the standards of the program will be declared unacceptable.

 Morning Guidelines

Type of morning activity

Typical duration

Faculty involved

Technique Workshop

1 – 3 consecutive mornings;

2-3 hours per morning

Primary faculty member with 1-2 support persons (Nesbary, Erhart)

Professional Skills


2 consecutive mornings;

1-2 hours per morning

Primary faculty member, alone or with one additional person

Careers Workshop

1 morning (usually Friday); 1-2 hours

Usually guest speaker; all faculty invited to attend

Training Project

Paper/presentation Preparation

As needed

Editing, consulting by Nesbary, Erhart


 Specific examples of morning activities:

             Technique Workshops:

                         •           DNA isolation (Erhart, Nesbary)

                        •           Analysis of DNA (Erhart, Nesbary)

                        •           PCR (Erhart, Nesbary)

                        •           Safety (Maselli, Erhart)

                        •           Using rodents in biomedical research (Fortman, Erhart)

                        •           Microscopy (Maselli)

                        •           Chemistry Methods (Glowinski)

                        •           Instrumentation (Glowinski)

                        •           NMR, GC-MS, Fluorescence (Glowinski)


            Skills Workshops:

                         •           Using on-line databases (Snelling)

                        •           Powerpoint (Erhart)

                        •           Photoshop (Maselli)

                        •           Digital Imaging (Maselli)

                        •           Learning how to read a scientific article (Erhart, Nesbary)

                        •           Science ethics and responsible conduct of research* (Erhart)

                        •           Using off-campus library resources (Snelling)


            Careers Workshops:

  • Guest seminars and career discussions by former TILT students (Friday mornings)
  • PowerPoint presentation on a chosen biomedical career
  • Techniques Workshops are planned and implemented by a primary person with support from other staff
  • Library-based skills workshops will be designed and implemented by C. Snelling (Tuesday mornings, 9 – 11 AM)
  • Visits by guests and other career-related events will be scheduled on Friday mornings.
  • The schedule is fluid, whenever possible.


*Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)

Topics follow those recommended by NIH Notice NOT-OD-10-019:

  1. Conflict of interest – personal, professional, and financial.
  2. Policies regarding human subjects, live vertebrate animal subjects in research, and safe laboratory practices.
  3. Mentor/mentee responsibilities and relationships.
  4. Collaborative research including collaborations with industry.
  5. Peer review of publications.
  6. Data acquisition and laboratory tools; management, sharing and ownership.
  7. Research misconduct and policies for handling misconduct.
  8. Responsible authorship and publication.
  9. The scientist as a responsible member of society.
  10. Ethical issues in biomedical research, and
  11. the environmental and societal impacts of scientific research.