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

University of the Virgin Islands
St Thomas, FED.
Type Academic Enrichment, Academic Year Program, Basic Science Research, Post-baccalaureate Program, Rural Health


The Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (RISE) promotes support for developing careers in biomedical applications. RISE is a national program funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) through the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) Division of Training, Workforce Development, and Diversity (TWD). At UVI, RISE is administered by program director Dr. Teresa Turner. Scholars supported by RISE must be interested in a career in biomedical research, work closely with faculty mentors on research projects, receive funding to work with off-island mentors during the summer and have specific responsibilities. RISE supports 10 students per academic year. Selected students are supported throughout their undergraduate years.


To be a RISE scholar, a student must have a UVI GPA of 2.7 or above. Students must also be a US citizen or permanent resident and be a full time student majoring in mathematics, chemistry, biology, marine biology, computer science, psychology, or nursing.

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Teresa Turner, PhD
Director of RISE Program
College of Science and Mathematics
University of the Virgin Islands
St. Thomas, VI 00802
Email: tturner@uvi.edu
Phone: 340-693-1382
Office: Marine Science 206