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

Florida International University
Miami, FL.
Type Basic Science Research, Test Preparation, Academic Year Program
Deadline February 26, 2016


The goal of the NIGMS RISE program is to increase the number of students from underrepresented groups in biomedical and behavioral research who enter into and successfully complete Ph.D. programs in these fields. The students, by working alongside advanced undergraduate and graduate students as well as active research faculty and interacting in the larger scientific establishment, gain a better understanding of the biomedical career path. In addition, NIGMS RISE fellows develop a competitive advantage to win admission to top graduate programs leading to the Ph.D. degree as well as postdoctoral positions in disciplines important in biomedical research. Specifically, the RISE program aims to enhance FIU’s research training output in biomedical and behavioral sciences by (a) increasing the number of students that complete baccalaureate (B.S./B.A.) degrees and enroll in Ph.D. programs, (b) increasing the number of students that complete master (M.S.) degrees and enroll in Ph.D. programs, and (c) increasing the number of pre-doctoral students that complete the Ph.D. degree.


Furthermore, NIGMS RISE program undergraduates at the B.S./B.A. level and M.S. degree participants are expected to directly matriculate into Ph.D. programs, and Ph.D. participants are expected to complete their terminal degrees in biomedical and/or behavioral research fields and advance to competitive postdoctoral positions. Thus the RISE program contributes to reducing the national gap in the completion of Ph.D. degrees between underrepresented and non-underrepresented students in the biomedical and behavioral sciences.



  • Undergraduate or Graduate (M.S. or Ph.D.)
  • U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • GPA of 3.0 or better
  • Enrolled as a full-time degree seeking student at FIU in the Biomedical, Behavioral or Health Sciences (Biology, Biomedical Engineering, Chemistry, Computer Science, Public Health, Physics, Psychology, etc. majors are eligible)
  • Strong desire to pursue a career in Biomedical Research (Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D.)
  • Be able to fully participate in the fellowship program for one (1) full academic year.

More Information


Program Coordinator
Courtney Aiken
Dept of Biological Sciences, Modesto Maidique Campus, MARC Pavilion
Miami, FL 33199
Phone: (305) 348-2604