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About RISE

As a National Institutes of Health funded program, the goal of the RISE program is to increase the number of students from underrepresented groups in biomedical and behavioral research who successfully complete Ph.D. degree programs in these fields. Specifically, the RISE program aims to enhance the minority-serving institutions research training output in biomedical and behavioral sciences by:

  • increasing the number of students that complete baccalaureate (B.S./B.A.) degrees and enroll in Ph.D. programs,

  • increasing the number of students that complete master (M.S.) degrees and enroll in Ph.D. programs,

  • increasing the number of predoctoral students that complete the Ph.D. degree, and

  • reducing the national gap in the completion of Ph.D. degrees between underrepresented and non-underrepresented students in the biomedical and behavioral sciences.

The expectations of the RISE Program at the national level are that:

  • the RISE programs will increase the overall number of underrepresented students that complete a Ph.D. and continue biomedical research careers,

  • at least 50 percent of the undergraduates and 75 percent of the masters' students participating in the RISE program will, upon graduation, directly enter a Ph.D. program,

  • at least 90 percent of the Ph.D. students participating in the RISE program will complete their terminal degree in biomedical and/or behavioral research fields, and that

  • the RISE program will contribute to ongoing student and faculty efforts to reduce the national gap in the completion of Ph.D. degrees between underrepresented and non-underrepresented students in the biomedical and behavioral sciences.

Clark Atlanta University has received grant funds for this program since 1999 and the current RISE program is designed to enhance the academic and research experiences for both undergraduate and graduate students matriculating in the departments of Biological Sciences and Chemistry. Future funds will allow qualified students with interests in behavioral/neuroscience areas to participate.

The primary goal of the undergraduate program is to increase the number of B.S. degree recipients who enter graduate programs and complete Ph.D. Degrees in a biomedical science specialty area. The primary goals of the graduate program are to increase the number of students who successfully complete the requirements of the Ph.D. degree and increase the number of CAU doctoral degree recipients who enter into postdoctoral training and careers in the biomedical sciences.

Undergraduate students majoring in biology, chemistry, or psychology may be eligible to participate in the program. Undergraduate research assistants are paid wages for 10 - 20 hours of research and academic enhancement activities per week. Undergraduate assistantship packages exclude tuition and fees.

The program offers research assistantships for Ph.D. graduate students who have interests in areas, such as; Cell, Developmental or Molecular Biology, Biochemistry and Organic Chemistry. These assistantships include compensation packages of a salary plus the cost of tuition and fees. In addition, health insurance fees will also be provided. Graduate students can only be considered for a RISE research assistantship after they have been accepted into the Ph.D. program in either the Department of Biological Sciences or the Department of Chemistry.

Please contact the RISE Program Manager, Ms. Martha Edwards at, medwards@cau.edu, for additional information and application packages.