The U-RISE Program at UMBC is a research training scholarship program for undergraduate juniors and seniors majoring in the life sciences, physical sciences, engineering and mathematics. To be eligible for a U-RISE award, students must have an outstanding academic record, a strong desire to pursue a Ph.D. degree and career in biomedical research or mathematics, and a demonstrated commitment to increasing the number of persons from underrepresented groups who pursue these goals.
The program provides U-RISE Scholars with individualized academic advising, guided preparation for graduate school, continuous administrative support and professional development activities to ensure a competitive edge in today’s scientific arena. Critical to this development is participation in a sustained individualized research project that is conducted throughout the academic year. Under the tutelage of an approved mentor, this extended research experience provides “hands-on” training while helping U-RISE Scholars develop the critical thinking skills necessary to become a successful researcher. As a result, many of our scholars have co-authored publications in peer-reviewed journals while still undergraduate students. Additional activities include opportunities to interact with renowned research scientists, travel to national conferences and opportunities to present their own research in a scientific setting. These advantages make UMBC U-RISE Scholars extremely competitive enabling them to gain admission to the top PhD and MD/PhD programs in the country.
U-RISE Scholars receive comprehensive academic and research support, and are required to live in campus housing. To be eligible for U-RISE Scholar status, applicants must have a minimum of 60 academic credits in addition to meeting academic performance standards.