Alumni News

View of campus: Williams Science center is the second building from the left.

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 150 biomedical research papers in peer-reviewed scientific journals.

NameCSUGraduate SchoolPh.D. Awarded
ClassDegree
Cynthia Aku-Lech2000B.S. physicsPh.D. physics, University of Michigan admitted ‘01. PhD degree awarded ‘062006
Cynthia Aku-Leh
Shannon Allen2005 2007B.S. biology
M.S. biology
Ph.D. Program in biology at Northwestern University, admitted, 2007; degree awarded 2015. 2015
Shannon Allen
Sherise Borum2002B.S. biologyPh.D. program in biology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign admitted, fall ‘03 
Sherise Borum
 Robert Bowers2006B.S. chemistryPh.D. program in chemistry at Marquette University, started, fall 2006. 
Robert Bowers
Alan Burts2010B.S. chemistryPREP program Caltech, California, 2010; Ph.D. Program in chemistry at MIT, enrolled fall 2011. 
Alan Burts
Geraldine Cochran2004B.S. physicsPh.D. program in physics education research at Florida International University, enrolled fall 2007.2013
Geraldine Cochran
Latisha Cole2005B.S. chemistryPh.D. Program in chemistry at Ohio State University, enrolled fall 2005. 
Latisha Cole
2007B.S. biologyMS degree in biology, Rush University, Chicago, 2011. Enrolled in the Rush University biology Ph.D. program for the fall, 2012. 
Booker Davis 
Cynthia Daniels2000biology MSPh.D. biology, Northwestern University, admitted 2001. PhD degree awarded 2007.2007
Cynthia Daniels
Alfred Diggs2003 2005B.S. biology
M.S. biology
Ph.D. Program in biology, Purdue Univ. enrolled fall ‘05. PhD degree awarded 2011.2011
Alfred Diggs
Taneka Doouglas2003B.S. biologyAdmitted to IGP PhD program at Northwestern University, fall 2007 
Taneka Douglas
Adrienne Eastland2008B.S. chemistryBridge to the Ph.D. Program with Northwestern University, admitted fall, 2008. Merck Scholar, 2007/8. Admitted to the Ph.D. Program in molecular bioscience at Northwestern for the fall, 2009.2016
Adrienne Eastland
Precious Dmonds2012B.S. biologyPh.D. Program in biology at Georgia Tech.,admitted fall, 2012. 
Precious Edmonds
Zandra Floyd2008B.S. chemistryPh.D. chemistry program at Illinois Institute of Technology, admitted fall, 2008. 
Zandra Floyd
Yvonne Freeman2015B.S. biologyPh.D. program in analytical chemistry program at University of Pittsburgh, admitted fall, 2015. 
Yvonne Freeman
Pablo Guzman2007B.S. chemistryPh.D. Program in organic chemistry at Emory University, admitted fall of 2007. PhD degree awarded 2013.2013
Pablo Guzman
 Jeremy Harrison2004B.S. physicsPh.D. program in physics at Case Western Reserve, admitted fall, 2007. 
Jeremy Harrison
Tyvette Hilliard2007B.S. biology & chemistryPh.D. medicinal chemistry program at University of Illinois at Chicago, admitted fall, 2007. Ph.D. degree awarded 2012.2012
Tyvette Hilliard
 Cryatalann Jones_Thompson2008B.S. chemistryPh.D. chemistry program at University of Illinois at Chicago, admitted fall, 2008. 2014
Crystalann Jones-Thompson
Dametria Jetters2010B.S. biologyPh.D. biochemistry and cell biology program at SUNY Stony Brook, admitted, fall 2010. 
Dametria Jetters
Nicole Jones2005B.S. biologyPh.D. program in anatomy and cell biology at U. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, admitted fall, 2006. Ph.D. degree awarded 2011.2011
Nicole Jones
Brian Leverson2010B.S. chemistryPh.D. biochemistry program at Loyola University of Chicago, admitted fall, 2012. 
Brian Leverson
Ikenna Madueke2007B.S. biologyM.D./Ph.D. program at U. of Illinois at Chicago, admitted fall, 2007. 
Ikenna Madueke
Kellen Marshall2008B.S. biologyPh.D. Program in Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology, U. of Illinois at Chicago, admitted, fall, 2009. 
Kellen Marshall
Diana Mayweather2004B.S. chemistryPh.D. program in biochemistry, Northwestern University admitted fall, 2004.2012
Diana Mayweather
Mazvita Maziveyi2012B.S. biologyPh.D. Program in biology at Louisiana State University, accepted for the fall, 2012. 
Mazvita Maziveyi
Gilbert Mbah2010B.S. chemistryPh.D. program in chemistry at University of Nebraska admitted fall, 2011. 
Gilbert Mbah
Joshua Meyer2013B.S. chemistryPh.D. program in chemistry at Loyola University Chicago admitted fall, 2013. 
Joshua Meyer
Angenee Milton2004B.S. biologyBridge to the Ph.D. Program with Northwestern University, admitted fall, 2004; Ph.D. program in biology, U. of Illinois at Chicago, admitted, fall, 2006. 
Angenee Milton
Diane Monsivais2008M.S. biologyPh.D. program in biology at Northwestern University, admitted fall, 2008.2013
Diane Monsivais 
Nijji Nwani2007B.S. biologyLIfe Sciences Ph.D. PREP program at the University of Chicago, admitted fall, 2007. Enrolled Northwestern University biology Ph.D. program, fall, 2008. 2016
 Nikki Nwani
George Pates2001B.S. chemistryPh.D. program in analytical chemistry at Purdue University admitted fall ‘03. PhD degree awarded 2012.2012
George Pates
Eboni Perkins2004B.S. chemistryPh.D. Program in chemistry at Southern Illinois University, admitted fall, 2004. 
Eboni Perkins
Tina Perkins2007 2012B.S biology
M.S. biology
Ph.D. Program in Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology, U. of Illinois at Chicago, admitted, fall, 2012. 
Tina Perkins
Jeanie Ramos2007M.S. biologyPh.D. Program in biology at the University of California - Santa Cruz, admitted fall, 2007. 
Jeanie Ramos
Juan Reyes2006M.S. biologyAdmitted to the IBIS Ph.D. program at Northwestern University, fall, 2006.2011
Juan Reyes
Yana Rosales2004B.S. biologyLS-AMP Bridge to the Ph.D. Program at Southern Illinois University, admitted fall, 2004. Completed M.S. degree in geosciences, 2005. 
Yana Rosales
Stephen Smith2002B.S. chemistryPh.D. program in chemistry at Northwestern University started fall ’03. PhD degree awarded 2012.2012
Stephen Smith
LaNiece Thomas2004B.S. chemistryPh.D. chemistry program, Loyola University of Chicago, admitted, fall, 2005. 
LaNiece Thomas
Tim Vanderleest2007B.S. physicsPh.D. program in physics at Utah State University, admitted fall, 2007. 
Tim Vanderleest
Diandra Vaval2012B.S. chemistryLIfe 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. 
Diandra Vaval
Noelle Wakefield2006B.S. biologyIBIS Ph.D. program at Northwestern University, admitted fall, 2007. 2015
Noelle Wakefield
 Lassandra Walker2001B.S. biologyPhD program in Public Health at U. of Illinois-Chicago, started ‘06 
Lassandra Walker