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

CUNY Hunter College
New York, NY.
Type Academic Year Program, Basic Science Research, Test Preparation


The National Insitutute of General Medical Sciences Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement Program was created in response to a legislative mandate of increasing participation of underrepresented minority faculty, investigators and students engaged in biomedical and behavioral research, and to broaden the opportunities for their participation in these fields.

The program is federally funded by National Institutes of Health (NIH).


The goal of the NIGMS RISE Program is to increase the number of students from underrepresented groups in biomedical and behavioral research who successfully complete the Ph.D. degree in these fields.

For the purpose of the NIGMS RISE Program underrepresented groups include those reported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) as well as the National Academies to be nationally underrepresented in biomedical and behavioral sciences (i.e., African Americans, Hispanics, American Indians, and Natives of the US Pacific Islands, and people with disabilities).

The program provides both financial and professional development support to undergraduates and graduate students while they pursue training in biomedical research to obtain the Ph.D. degree.


The MARC program is funded to increase the number of scientists who are members of groups underrepresented in the sciences. Specific groups include, but are not limited to Black, Hispanic, Pacific Islanders, Native American (American Indian, Eskimo). They must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents who have declared majors in biology, chemistry, physics or psychology.  The MARC program also encourages students with majors in computer science and math who are interested in bioinformatics or quantitative biology to apply.

MARC eligibility criteria include completion of sophomore year, an overall 3.0 GPA or better, solid science grades, and career interest in research. Prior to the review of applications, the office should have a completed application including an essay, two recommendation letters from Hunter science faculty, and a copy of a student transcript.

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