Students are eligible to apply to the UMBC U-RISE Program if they:

  • Attend UMBC full-time with a major related to the biomedical sciences (such as Biological Sciences, Bioinformatics & Computational Biology, Chemistry, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Biopsychology, Mathematics, Statistics, Engineering, or an approved Interdisciplinary Studies Major)
  • Have a minimum of 60 college credits completed
  • Have a 3.2 GPA each semester and a cumulative GPA of 3.2 (on a 4.0 scale)
  • Plan to pursue a Ph.D. and a career in the biomedical sciences
  • Demonstrate an interest in the diversification of the biomedical research workforce
  • Are citizens, noncitizen nationals or permanent residents of the United States
  • Agree to fulfill all program requirements including a sustained research project with an approved mentor from UMBC or another approved local research facility throughout the academic year