NIH-RISE Program Renewed with $1.8M Grant

The School of Computer, Mathematical and Natural Sciences' NIH-RISE Program has been successfully renewed with a grant of more than $1.8M over the next five years. The Research Training Initiative for Student Enhancement (RISE) Program is offered through the support of the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) under the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The RISE Program is designed to diversify the pool of students who complete a PhD degree in biomedical research fields through effective, evidence-based approaches to studenent training, mentoring and career development.

The mission of the RISE Program is to increase the number of minority/underrepresented individuals in biomedical research careers by preparing students for successful transition into biomedical-related graduate programs, ultimately leading to PhDs. Morgan State University's program is targeted towards undergraduate students. Dr. Angela Winstead, chair and professor of Chemistry, leads the program as it's director with the help of the program's co-director, Dr. Christine Hohmann, professor of Biology.

Dr. Angela Winstead
Dr. Angela Winstead
Program Director
Chair and Professor of Chemistry

Dr. Christine Hohmann
Dr. Christine Hohmann
Program Co-Director
Professor of Biology

The Program offers students who aspire to go to graduate school in the biomedical sciences a wide range of opportunities, including paid research assistantships to conduct research in scientific laboratories, support for travel to present research at scientific conferences, mentoring, and assistance applying to graduate schools.

Recent graduates in the Morgan RISE Program include: Rachel Bauer, a double-major in biology and nutritional sciences who graduated in May 2019 and went on to pursue a PhD in biomolecular science at Michigan State University; Tiara Hinton, a chemistry major who graduated in May 2018 and went on to pursue a PhD in pharmaceutical science at Wayne State University; and Treshaun Sutton, a chemistry major who graduated in May 2018 to pursue a PhD in chemistry at Brown University.

Rachel Bauer
Rachel Bauer
PhD Program in Biomolecular Science
Michigan State University

Tiara Hinton
Tiara Hinton
PhD Program in Pharmaceutical Sciences
Wayne State University

Treshaun Sutton
Treshaun Sutton
PhD Program in Chemistry
Brown University

Students interested in participating in the NIH-RISE Program can find more information here.