B e n e f i t s

To improve their performance, participation and success in the Ph.D./RISE Program, selected trainees receive the following benefits:

Financial support

Salary of $21,000 per year, paid tuition, and annual funds for lab supplies.

Networking opportunities

  • Paid travel to attend one domestic, scientific conference per year.

  • Participation in: biomedical seminars, lunch with the speaker, regional scientific conferences.


A structured mentoring team comprised of a faculty advisor, a research mentor and a student peer mentor to provide advice, support and guidance as needed.

Professional development

  • Continuous and enhanced “hands-on” professional and research training in multiple topics related to career development and technical skills.

  • Advanced instruction in communication and writing

  •  Participation in annual Philosophy of Science retreat and other developmental workshops.