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

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


Goals: (1) to increase the number and capabilities of minority scientist engaged in biomedical research, (2) to strengthen science curricula and research opportunities at CSUN and (3) To strengthen the biomedical research capabilities of minority institutions The major thrust of the program is to develop minority students, faculty, and institutional involvement in biomedical research. These funds provide support for faculty research projects, provide scientific equipment, facility renovations, support of students, travel to professional meetings, and release of faculty from teaching to conduct biomedical research. However, a unique feature of the program is its emphasis on undergraduate participation in biomedical research, including conceptualization of important research questions, design experiments, review of literature, collection and analysis of data, and finally, interpretations and reporting of results at scientific meetings and in scientific journals. MBRS Program Provides: 1. Mentorship and research experience 2. Paid hourly wages for lab time 3. A budget for research supplies and materials & travel 5. Tuition and fees (graduate students only)


1. 15 hrs/week of paid lab time during the academic year 2. 40 hrs/week of paid lab time during the summer 3. Attendance and participation in MARC/MBRS seminar series, national student focused and society conferences. Eligibility: 1. Full-time enrollment at CSUN 2. 2.5 grade point average (GPA) 3. U.S. citizenship or permanent residency 4. Demonstrate an interest and be in the pursuit of a Ph.D or M.D./Ph.D in a field of biomedical research and be identified as underrepresented in biomedical research.

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Maria E. Zavala
Dept of Biology, 18111 Nordhoff Street-Biol
Northridge, CA 91330-8303
Phone: 818-677-4981
Fax: 818-677-5915