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