Minority Biomedical Research Support Program (MBRS)-Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement Program (RISE) MS to Ph.D. Program

California State University-Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA.
Type Basic Science Research, Test Preparation, Post-baccalaureate Program, Academic Enrichment, Academic Year Program


The MBRS-RISE M.S. to Ph.D. Program is a collaboration of Cal State LA with UCLA, the University of California at Irvine (UC Irvine), the University of California, San Diego (UC San Diego) and the University of Southern California (USC). The program vertically integrates the M.S. at Cal State LA in chemistry, biochemistry, biology and microbiology and psychology with the graduate programs at the Ph.D. institutions. MBRS-RISE M.S. to Ph.D. trains each year a group of 20 minority students pursuing the M.S. degree at Cal State LA, and involves them in a program designed to enhance their academic achievement; integrate them into the broader Southern California biomedical research community while still in their M.S. program; expose them to a broad range of biomedical sciences and scientists; enhance their transfer rate to Ph.D. programs; and establish the foundation for their successful research careers in the biomedical sciences. The key here is the active participation by the four Ph.D. institutions, throughout the two years the student would be in the program. Although there are four partner Ph.D. institutions (UCLA, UC Irvine, UC San Diego and USC), Program graduates are not limited to these in their choice of institutions for pursuit of the Ph.D.


The MBRS-RISE M.S.-to-Ph.D. Program Advisory Committee will evaluate the applications of candidates and three letters of recommendation. Students must enroll in M.S. programs at Cal State LA in disciplines useful to biomedical research (chemistry, biochemistry, biophysics, biology, microbiology, mathematics, or related fields). In addition, students must have: demonstrated solid academic ability in undergraduate course work in biomedically related fields. A minimum of 2.7 grade point average (and potential to achieve considerably higher) in an undergraduate science major and strong letters of recommendation from undergraduate college or university faculty are regarded as indicating a student of high ability. It is expected that students will complete the M.S. program with at least a 3.3. grade point average. Students with lower GPA's but with great potential for success in a research career are also encouraged to apply. shown a desire to do independent research, as evidenced through participation in activities such as undergraduate or industrial research, or other experience. demonstrated a commitment to pursuing graduate education to the Ph.D. in a science useful in biomedical research after completing the M.S. either U.S. citizenship or legal permanent residency.

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Program Director
Carlos G. Gutierrez
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, 5151 State University Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90032-8202
Phone: 323-343-2356
Fax: 323-343-6411