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Congratulations to RISE Program alumni admitted to academic doctoral programs since the start of the program in 1999. These, and alumni from the previous MBRS Program, have authored or co-authored more than 200 biomedical research papers in peer-reviewed scientific journals.

Name CSU Degree Class Graduate School Ph.D Awarded

Cynthia Aku-Leh

Cynthia Aku-Leh

B.S. Physics, 2000 Ph.D. Program in physics at the University of Michigan, admitted, 2001. 2006

Shannon Allen

Shannon Allen

B.S. Biology, 2005

M.S. Biology, 2007
Ph.D. Program in biology at Northwestern University, admitted, 2007. 2015

Sherise Borum

Sherise Borum

B.S. Biology, 2002 Ph.D. Program in biology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, admitted, 2003.  

 Lucinda Boyd

Lucinda Boyd

B.S Biology, 2012 Ph.D. Program in biology, University of North Carolina, Wilmington, admitted 2016.  

 Robert Bowers

Robert Bowers

B.S. Chemistry Ph.D. Program in chemistry at Marquette University, admitted, 2006.  

 Tiara Brown

Tiara Brown

B.S. Chemistry, 2015 Ph.D. Program in chemistry at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, admitted, 2016.  

 Alan Burts

Alan Burts

B.S. Chemistry, 2010 PREP program Caltech, California, 2010; Ph.D. Program in chemistry at MIT, admitted, 2012.  

 Geraldine Cochran

Geraldine Cochran

B.S. Physics, 2004 Ph.D. Program in physics education research at Florida International University, admitted, 2007.  Ph.D. degree awarded 2013.  

Latisha Cole

Latisha Cole

B.S. Chemistry, 2005 Ph.D. Program in chemistry at Ohio State University, admitted, 2005.  

Booker Davis

Booker Davis

B.S. Biology, 2007 MS degree in biology, Rush University, Chicago, 2011. Enrolled in the Rush University pharmacology Ph.D. Program in 2012. 2017

Cynthia Daniels

Cynthia Daniels

M.S. Biology, 2000 Ph.D. Program in biology at Northwestern University, admitted, 2001.  2007

Alfred Diggs

Alfred Diggs

B.S. Biology, 2003

M.S. Biology, 2005
Ph.D. Program in biology at Purdue University, admitted, fall 2005. 2011

Taneka Douglas

Taneka Douglas

B.S. Biology, 2003  Admitted to IGP PhD program at Northwestern University, fall 2007  

 Adrienne Eastland

Adrienne Eastland

B.S. Chemistry, 2008 Bridge to the Ph.D. Program at Northwestern University, admitted, 2008. Merck Scholar, 2007/8. Admitted to the Ph.D. Program in molecular bioscience at Northwestern for the fall, 2009.  Ph.D.  2016

 Precious Edmonds

Precious Edmonds

B.S. Biology, 2012 Ph.D. Program in biology at Georgia Tech., admitted, 2012.  

Zandra Floyd

Zandra Floyd

B.S. Chemistry, 2008 Ph.D. Program in chemistry at Illinois Institute of Technology, admitted, 2008.  

Pablo Guzman

Pablo E. Guzman

B.S. Physics, 2004 Ph.D. Program in organic chemistry at Emory University, admitted, 2007. Ph.D. 2013

Jeremy Harrison

Jeremy Harrison

B.S. Physics, 2004  Ph.D. Program in physics at Case Western Reserve, admitted, 2007.  

Tyvetter Hilliard

Tyvette S. Hilliard

B.S. Biology & Chemistry, 2007 Ph.D. Program in medicinal chemistry at University of Illinois at Chicago, admitted, 2007. Ph.D. 2012

Crystalann Jones-Thompson

Crystalann Jones-Thompson

B.S. Biology, 2010 Ph.D. Program in biochemistry and cell biology at SUNY Stony Brook, admitted, 2010.  

 Dametria Jetters

Dametria Jetters

B.S. Biology, 2010 Ph.D. Program in biochemistry and cell biology at SUNY Stony Brook, admitted, 2010.  

 Nicole Jones

Nicole Jones

B.S. Biology, 2005 Ph.D. Program in anatomy and cell biology at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, admitted, 2006.  2011

 Brian Leverson

Brian Leverson

B.S. Chemistry, 2010 Ph.D. Program in biochemistry at Loyola University of Chicago, admitted, 2012. 2018

 Ikenna Madueke

Ikenna Madueke

B.S. Biology, 2007 M.D./Ph.D. Program at University of Illinois at Chicago, admitted, 2007.  

Kellen Marshall

Kellen Marshall

B.S. Biology, 2008 Ph.D. Program in Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology at University of Illinois at Chicago, admitted, 2009.  
Diana MayweatherDiana Mayweather

B.S. Chemistry, 2004

Ph.D. Program in chemistry at Northwestern University admitted, 2004. 2012

Mazvita Maziveyi

Mazvita Maziveyi

B.S. Biology, 2012 Ph.D. Program in biology at Louisiana State University, admitted, 2012. 2018

Gilbert Mbah

Gilbert Mbah

B.S. Chemistry, 2010 Ph.D. Program in chemistry at University of Nebraska at Lincoln, admitted, 2011.  

Joshua Meyer

Joshua Meyer

B.S. chemistry, 2013 Ph.D. Program in chemistry at Loyola University Chicago admitted, 2013.  

Leticia Meza

Leticia Meza

B.S. Biology, 2016 Ph.D. Program in biology at University of California-Riverside, admitted, 2016.  

Angenee Milton

Angenee Milton

B.S. Biology, 2004 Bridge to the Ph.D. Program with Northwestern University, admitted fall, 2004; Ph.D. program in biology, U. of Illinois at Chicago, admitted, 2006.  

Diane Monsivais

Diane Monsivais

M.S. Biology, 2008 Ph.D. Program in biology at Northwestern University, admitted, 2008. 2013

 Nikki Nwani

Nikki Nwani

B.S. Biology, 2007 LIfe Sciences Ph.D. PREP program at the University of Chicago, admitted fall, 2007. Enrolled Northwestern University biology Ph.D. program, 2008.   2016

George Pates

George Pates

B.S. Chemistry, 2001 Ph.D. Program in analytical chemistry at Purdue University, admitted, 2003. 2012

Eboni Perkins

Eboni Perkins

B.S. Chemistry, 2004 Ph.D. Program in chemistry at Southern Illinois University, admitted, 2004  

Tina Perkins

Tina Perkins

B.S. Biology, 2007

M.S. Biology, 2012
Ph.D. Program in Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology at University of Illinois at Chicago, admitted, 2012.  

Anthony Pitts McCoy

Anthony Pitts McCoy

B.S. Chemistry, 2015 Ph.D. Program in chemistry at Purdue University, admitted, 2016.  

Jeanie Ramos

Jeanie Ramos

M.S. Biology, 2007 Ph.D. Program in biology at the University of California - Santa Cruz, admitted, 2007.  

Juan Reyes

Juan F. Reyes

M.S. Biology, 2006 IBIS Ph.D. Program at Northwestern University, admitted, 2006.  Ph.D. 2011

 Yana ARosales

Yana Rosales

B.S. Biology, 2004 LS-AMP Bridge to the Ph.D. Program at Southern Illinois University, admitted, 2004. Completed M.S. degree in geosciences, 2005.   

Stephen Smith

Stephen Smith

B.S. Chemistry, 2002 Ph.D. Program in chemistry at Northwestern University, admitted, 2003. 2012

LaNiece Thomas

LaNiece Thomas

B.S. Chemistry, 2004 Ph.D. Program in chemistry at Loyola University of Chicago, admitted, 2005.  

Tim Vanderleest

Tim Vanderleest

B.S. Physics, 2007 Ph.D. Program in physics at Utah State University, admitted, 2007.  

Diandra Vaval

Diandra Vaval

B.S. Chemistry, 2012 LIfe Sciences Ph.D. PREP program at the University of Chicago, admitted 2014. Enrolled in GEMS Ph.D. Program, University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine, 2015.  

Noelle Wakefield

Noelle Wakefield

B.S. Biology IBIS Ph.D. Program at Northwestern University, admitted 2007.  2015

Lyle Wallace

Lyle Wallace

M.S. Biology, 2005 Ph.D. program in plant breeding & genetics at Oregon State University, admitted 2012. 2018

Marquita Winters

Marquita Winters

B.S. Biology, 2016 Ph.D. Program in biology at Cornell University, admitted, 2016.