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U-RISE Program

Undergraduate Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (U-RISE) Program

Welcome to the U-RISE (Undergraduate Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement) Program at CSU San Marcos. The program is funded by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIH/NIGMS). The U-RISE Program is intended to prepare talented and motivated minority undergraduate students majoring in the sciences to enter and succeed in doctoral studies (Ph.D. or M.D. /Ph.D.).

Eligibility Requirements

  1. Be a full time student at CSU San Marcos
  2. Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  3. Junior or Senior Standing
  4. Commitment to pursuing a Ph.D. in a biomedical research field
  5. U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  6. Be a science major in Biology, Biotechnology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Mathematics, Computer Science, Physics or Psychology
  7. The U-RISE Program is for underrepresented students in the sciences, which include American Indians or Alaska Natives, Blacks or African Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, Native Hawaiians, Other Pacific Islanders, or students with disabilities and economically disadvantaged students.

Program Requirements

  1. Work in a research laboratory 12-15 hours per week during the academic year and 40 hours per week in the summer
  2. Attend Biomedical Seminars (Fridays 2:00PM - 3:30PM).
  3. Participate in the OTRES Summer Research Training Program (SRTP)
  4. Participate in the Puentes Program (Graduate School Prep Program)
  5. Attend Scientific meetings to present your research
  6. Participate in all OTRES activities
  7. Mentor Undergraduate OTRES Students

Student Benefits

  1. Annual income up to $13,368 per year 
  2. Obtain "hands-on" research experience in research laboratories at CSU San Marcos
  3. Travel and conference expenses for one conference per year
  4. Mentoring by program faculty and staff
  5. Networking opportunities
  6. Academic Advising and Priority Registration

Interested in applying to the U-RISE program?

If you have any questions about applying to the U-RISE program, please feel free to contact Jovani Vega at or 760-750-3684.

Office for Training, Research and Education in the Sciences(760) Academic Hall 410 Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm