The purpose of RISE Program is to increase the interest, skills, and competitiveness of undergraduate students for careers in biomedical research. The CSU program offers support for student development activities which include workshops, specialty courses, on- and off-campus research experiences, and travel to scientific meetings.

The measureable goal of the CSU program is to increase the numbers of graduates admitted to academic graduate programs leading to a Ph.D. in the biomedical sciences.  To see how we are doing in achieving the program goal, click here.

You are eligible for support by the RISE program if you (i) are enrolled full-time in a CSU undergraduate student, (ii) are majoring in biology, chemistry, physics, math or psychology, (iii) intend to go on to Ph.D.-level graduate work, (iv) have a grade-point-average of close to 3.0, or better, and (v) are a US citizen or permanent resident.
As indicated before, the goal of the RISE Program is to encourage and prepare students to go on to graduate school to earn the Ph.D. degree in preparation for careers as biomedical scientists. RISE students are not encouraged to be physicians unless their ultimate goal is to have a career in medical research.
Participation in two of the RISE Program projects will give you the answer and clarify whether you would be comfortable with a research career. The TILT Project is a summer workshop in which you will learn many research techniques, how to formulate a hypothesis, test it, and interpret experimental data. After TILT you can choose among several ongoing biomedical research projects directed by CSU research faculty and participate as a paid "ASPIRE" intern both during the academic semesters and in the summers.
Speak to either Dr Devi Potluri or Dr. Sherman about the CSU RISE GRASP Project. GRASP is a part of the RISE Program and it is the project that prepares you for the final step of both choosing and getting into graduate school. GRASP will help you prepare for the General GRE Exam (a requirement for admission into all graduate programs) and will also help you with other aspects of the graduate school application process. GRASP will cover costs of the graduate-school application for eligible RISE students.

Yes. But, the benefits vary between the different RISE Project activities. Students participating as research interns receive pay on an hourly basis at a rate based on their seniority. The current rate of pay is $10.00 per hour. Similarly, tutors in the PLTL Project are also paid at the hourly rate of $10.00 per hour for their tutoring activities.  During the Fall and Spring semesters students may work up to 15 hours per week; during the summer students may work up to 35 hours per week.

Reimbursement for RISE activities is through the CSU Student Employment mechanism.  Each RISE student completes an Employee Timesheet that is submitted semi-monthly online  through CSU's  CougarConnect. To view the regulations governing RISE-student employment, please click here. In addition, students must file an EXCEL speadsheet to the NIGMS Office and their research mentor. This spreadsheet documents the actual work hours for each workday.

No. The financial benefits for RISE students are in the form of work-study opportunities for which undergraduates are paid $9.00 per hour.

There are a number of Ph.D. "BRIDGE"  or "PREP" programs hosted at universities around the nation. A complete listing of programs supported by the NIH may be found at the NIH website.  

Also, if you have completed a year of research at CSU, why not spend your summer as a research intern at a research-intensive university to see if you are prepared for the next step in your education?  Make an appointment to visit CSU NIGMS Programs Coordinator Dr Warren Sherman for information on suitable programs.  Or, go to the WEBGURU or IBP websites for comprehensive listings of summer programs.  But be advised that application deadlines are generally early February for the following summer; so don't put it off if you are serious in spending an exciting summer furthering your career!

Most (if not all!) students who are accepted into a Ph.D. program in one of the biomedical sciences are eligible and get a generous fellowship and full-paid tuition. One of the sources of these fellowships is the NIH.  For more information go to the NIH website
If you are already working as a research intern in a CSU research lab you have the option, subject to your research mentor's permission & availability, to continue working in that lab.  Alternatively, if you have completed a year of research at CSU, you can apply for an off-campus research experience at a research-intensive university.  A comprehensive listing of opportunities may be found at the website.