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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 150 biomedical research papers in peer-reviewed scientific journals.

Name CSUGraduate SchoolPh.D. Awarded
 ClassDegree
 
Cynthia Aku-Lech 2000B.S. physicsPh.D. Program in physics at the University of Michigan, admitted, 2001.  Ph.D. degree awarded 2006.2006
Cynthia Aku-Leh
Shannon Allen 2005 2007B.S. biology
M.S. biology
Ph.D. Program in biology at Northwestern University, admitted, 2007.  Ph.D. degree awarded 2015. 2015
Shannon Allen
Sherise Borum 2002B.S. biologyPh.D. program in biology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, admitted, 2003. 
Sherise Borum
Robert Bowers 2006B.S. chemistryPh.D. Program in chemistry at Marquette University, admitted, 2006. 
Robert Bowers
alumna picture 2015B.S. chemistryPh.D. Program in chemistry at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, admitted, 2016. 
Tiara Brown
Alan Burts 2010B.S. chemistryPREP program Caltech, California, 2010; Ph.D. Program in chemistry at MIT, admitted, 2012. 
Alan Burts
Geraldine Cochran 2004B.S. physicsPh.D. Program in physics education research at Florida International University, admitted, 2007.  Ph.D. degree awarded 2013.2013
Geraldine Cochran
Latisha Cole 2005B.S. chemistryPh.D. Program in chemistry at Ohio State University, admitted, 2005. 
Latisha Cole
 2007B.S. biologyMS degree in biology, Rush University, Chicago, 2011. Enrolled in the Rush University biology Ph.D. Program in 2012. 
Booker Davis 
Cynthia Daniels 2000biology MSPh.D. Program in biology at Northwestern University, admitted, 2001. Ph.D. degree awarded 2007.2007
Cynthia Daniels
Alfred Diggs 2003 2005B.S. biology
M.S. biology
Ph.D. Program in biology at Purdue University, admitted, fall 2005. Ph.D. degree awarded 2011.2011
Alfred Diggs
Taneka Doouglas 2003B.S. biologyAdmitted to IGP PhD program at Northwestern University, fall 2007 
Taneka Douglas
Adrienne Eastland 2008B.S. chemistryBridge 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. degree awarded 2016.2016
Adrienne Eastland
Precious Dmonds 2012B.S. biologyPh.D. Program in biology at Georgia Tech., admitted, 2012. 
Precious Edmonds
Zandra Floyd 2008B.S. chemistryPh.D. Program in chemistry at Illinois Institute of Technology, admitted, 2008. 
Zandra Floyd
Yvonne Freeman 2015B.S. biologyPh.D. Program in analytical chemistry at University of Pittsburgh, admitted, 2015. 
Yvonne Freeman
Pablo Guzman 2007B.S. chemistryPh.D. Program in organic chemistry at Emory University, admitted, 2007. Ph.D. degree awarded 2013.2013
Pablo Guzman
Jeremy Harrison 2004B.S. physicsPh.D. Program in physics at Case Western Reserve, admitted, 2007. 
Jeremy Harrison
Tyvette Hilliard 2007B.S. biology & chemistryPh.D. Program in medicinal chemistry at University of Illinois at Chicago, admitted, 2007. Ph.D. degree awarded 2012.2012
Tyvette Hilliard
Cryatalann Jones_Thompson 2008B.S. chemistryPh.D. Program in chemistry at University of Illinois at Chicago, admitted, 2008.  Ph.D. degree awarded 2014. 2014
Crystalann Jones-Thompson
Dametria Jetters 2010B.S. biologyPh.D. Program in biochemistry and cell biology at SUNY Stony Brook, admitted, 2010. 
Dametria Jetters
Nicole Jones 2005B.S. biologyPh.D. Program in anatomy and cell biology at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, admitted, 2006. Ph.D. degree awarded 2011.2011
Nicole Jones
Brian Leverson 2010B.S. chemistryPh.D. Program in biochemistry at Loyola University of Chicago, admitted, 2012. 
Brian Leverson
Ikenna Madueke 2007B.S. biologyM.D./Ph.D. Program at University of Illinois at Chicago, admitted, 2007. 
Ikenna Madueke
Kellen Marshall 2008B.S. biologyPh.D. Program in Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology at University of Illinois at Chicago, admitted, 2009. 
Kellen Marshall
Diana Mayweather 2004B.S. chemistryPh.D. Program in chemistry at Northwestern University admitted, 2004.  Ph.D. degree awarded 2012.2012
Diana Mayweather
Mazvita Maziveyi 2012B.S. biologyPh.D. Program in biology at Louisiana State University, admitted, 2012. 
Mazvita Maziveyi
Gilbert Mbah 2010B.S. chemistryPh.D. Program in chemistry at University of Nebraska at Lincoln, admitted, 2011. 
Gilbert Mbah
Joshua Meyer 2013B.S. chemistryPh.D. Program in chemistry at Loyola University Chicago admitted, 2013. 
Joshua Meyer
RISE alumna picture 2016B.S. biologyPh.D. Program in biology at University of California-Riverside, admitted, 2016. 
Leticia Meza

Angenee Milton 2004B.S. biologyBridge to the Ph.D. Program with Northwestern University, admitted fall, 2004; Ph.D. program in biology, U. of Illinois at Chicago, admitted, 2006. 
Angenee Milton
Diane Monsivais 2008M.S. biologyPh.D. Program in biology at Northwestern University, admitted, 2008.  Ph.D. degree awarded 2013.2013
Diane Monsivais 
Nijji Nwani 2007B.S. biologyLIfe Sciences Ph.D. PREP program at the University of Chicago, admitted fall, 2007. Enrolled Northwestern University biology Ph.D. program, 2008.  Ph.D. degree awarded 2016. 2016
Nikki Nwani
George Pates 2001B.S. chemistryPh.D. Program in analytical chemistry at Purdue University, admitted, 2003. Ph.D. degree awarded 2012.2012
George Pates
Eboni Perkins 2004B.S. chemistryPh.D. Program in chemistry at Southern Illinois University, admitted, 2004. 
Eboni Perkins
Tina Perkins 2007 2012B.S biology
M.S. biology
Ph.D. Program in Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology at University of Illinois at Chicago, admitted, 2012. 
Tina Perkins
RISE alumnus picture 2015B.S. chemistryPh.D. Program in chemistry at Purdue University, admitted, 2016. 
Anthony Pitts McCoy
Jeanie Ramos 2007M.S. biologyPh.D. Program in biology at the University of California - Santa Cruz, admitted, 2007. 
Jeanie Ramos
Juan Reyes 2006M.S. biologyIBIS Ph.D. Program at Northwestern University, admitted, 2006.  Ph.D. degree awarded 2011. 2011
Juan Reyes
Yana Rosales 2004B.S. biologyLS-AMP Bridge to the Ph.D. Program at Southern Illinois University, admitted, 2004. Completed M.S. degree in geosciences, 2005. 
Yana Rosales
Stephen Smith 2002B.S. chemistryPh.D. Program in chemistry at Northwestern University, admitted, 2003.  Ph.D. degree awarded 2012.2012
Stephen Smith
LaNiece Thomas 2004B.S. chemistryPh.D. Program in chemistry at Loyola University of Chicago, admitted, 2005. 
LaNiece Thomas
Tim Vanderleest 2007B.S. physicsPh.D. Program in physics at Utah State University, admitted, 2007. 
Tim Vanderleest
Diandra Vaval 2012B.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 Wakefield 2006B.S. biologyIBIS Ph.D. Program at Northwestern University, admitted 2007.  Ph.D. degree awarded 2015. 2015
Noelle Wakefield
RISE alumna picture 2016B.S. biologyPh.D. Program in biology at Cornell University, admitted, 2016.
 
Marquita Winters