Minority Biomedical Research Support Program (MBRS)-Reseach Initiative for Scientific Enhancement Program (RISE)

Chicago State University
Chicago, IL.
Type Basic Science Research, Test Preparation, Academic Enrichment, Academic Year Program


MBRS awards are made to 2- or 4-year colleges, universities, and health professional schools with 50 percent or more enrollments of minorities that have been determined by the grantee institution to be underrepresented in biomedical or behavioral research. Historically, individuals who have been found to be underrepresented in biomedical or behavioral research include, but are not limited to, African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, Alaska Natives, Hawaiian Natives, and natives of the U.S. Pacific Islands. In some cases, awards are made to institutions that have a demonstrated commitment to the special encouragement and assistance of minority students and faculty, although the minority student population at these institutions, while still high, is under 50 percent. 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.


You are eligible for support by the RISE program if you (i) are majoring in biology, chemistry, physics, math or psychology, (ii) intend to go on to Ph.D.-level graduate work, (iii) have a grade-point-average of close to 3.0, or better, and (iv) are a US citizen or permanent resident.

Please contact program administrator for more details, dates and deadlines.

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MBRS Programs Coordinatorr
Warren V. Sherman
Dept of Chemistry and Physics, 9501 S Martin Luther King Drive
Chicago, IL 60628-1598
Phone: 773-955-2322
Fax: 773-995-2169