Chicago State University on Thursday announced a vital grant program supported by
a grant from the National Institutes of Health to train students in biology and physical
sciences has been renewed for an additional 4 years.
The renewal of the $1.3 million grant was heralded by Program Director Dr. Devi Potluri
and Project Coordinator Dr. Warren Sherman. The Minority Biomedical Research Support-Research
Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (MBRS-RISE) is a student training program funded
by the National Institutes of Health. The program goals are to encourage and prepare
Chicago State University undergraduates for admission into academic doctoral degree
programs in the life and physical sciences and future careers in leadership positions
in biomedical research.
Since the initial funding of RISE in 2000, nine program alumni have earned PhD degrees
in the biomedical sciences and more than 30 are currently enrolled in graduate programs.
As a measure of the scientific impact of the program, alumni have published over 100
papers in peer-reviewed scientific journals.
- Summer workshops/internships in which students learn research skills,
- Paid hands-on laboratory research internships at CSU during the academic semesters
and in the summers,
- Travel awards to participate in summer research internships at research-intensive
universities and National Labs,
- Travel awards to attend regional and national research conferences, and
- Workshops to guide students through the application process for admission to doctoral
For more information on the program, please visit the website http://www.csu.edu/mbrs/