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

California State University-Dominguez Hills
Carson, CA.
Type Academic Year Program, Basic Science Research, Test Preparation


The goal of our RISE Program at California State University, Dominguez Hills is to infuse a biomedical research culture into the science departments at CSUDH thereby making biomedical research an important component of research culture into our institution. This grant funds 14 undergraduate research assistant positions. On admission to the program, RISE students are integrated as research assistants into active research laboratories at CSUDH, Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute at Harbor-UCLA, and Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science. Students select a research mentor who will establish a nature and scope of the research project best suited to the student*s level and interests. The opportunity to participate in active research gives RISE students an edge in establishing successful scientific careers.

The Program provides funds for developmental activities that are designed to accomplish our objective. Our overall goal is to increase the interest, skills, and competitiveness of students in pursuit of research careers and improve laboratory experiences for students. We are geared towards creating a sense of community among our biomedical researchers that will carry from the classroom to the research laboratory.


Interested students are required to submit an application form, two letters of recommendation from CSUDH science faculty, a resume, a personal statement, and unofficial transcripts. The applicant must be enrolled full-time at CSUDH, majoring in the sciences (biology, chemistry, physics,  or psychology). All applicants must be of an underrepresented minority group (i.e. African-American, Hispanic, Pacific Islander).In addition, you must have:

  • Demonstrated academic ability in course work with full-time status at CSUDH. Must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.75 with 12 units or more.
  • Determination and a strong interest to enter graduate programs leading to the Ph.D. in science following completion of Bachelor’s degree. Students planning on attending professional school (i.e. medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, and related areas) are not eligible.



More Information


Hernan L. Martinez, Ph.D.
California State University, Dominguez Hills
1000 East Victoria St.
Carson, CA 90747
Tel: 213-516-3300
Email: leoh@csudh.edu