What is the U-RISE Program?

The primary goal of the U-RISE Program at FLC is to provide support to undergraduate students, who are underrepresented in the biomedical sciences, to improve preparation for graduate training in a research based Ph.D. program. Students apply to the U-RISE program during the second semester of the Sophomore year, and if accepted, students begin working with a Research Mentor during a summer research experience between the Sophomore and Junior years and continue in the U-RISE Program for the reminder of the Junior and Senior years.

Juniors and Seniors chosen for this two-year Research Trainee Program become active members of a scientific research community. This valuable opportunity, rarely afforded to undergraduates, is the best preparation for graduate training and a career in biomedical and behavioral science research.

At the center of the U-RISE experience is research. U-RISE Scholars will work on faculty-directed research projects about 12 hours per week during the academic year and 40 hours per week during the summer. The capstone of the U-RISE Program is a summer research experience at a research intensive university.

Additionally, U-RISE Scholars will participate in activities that enrich their research experiences, workshops designed to prepare them for graduate school and careers in biomedical and behavioral science research, and participate in peer recruiting activities.

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Benefits to you

In addition to participating in peer recruitment and other activities that enrich the research experience, and build your personal network professional scientists, you'll find the following rewards:

Financial benefits

  • Monthly stipend
  • Financial assistance for tuition & fees
  • Travel assistance for scientific meetings
  • Funding for research supplies and materials
  • Financial support for health insurance


Professional benefits

  • 2-year research traineeship (junior and senior years)
  • Year-round research training
  • Opportunities to present research at regional and national meetings

Training includes

  • Lab safety
  • Responsible conduct in research
  • Critical thinking & problem solving (GRE preparation)
  • Financial literacy
  • Careers in biomedical sciences & professional skills