T r a i n e e   R e q u i r e m e n t s

The following criteria are intended to serve as guiding principles to assist trainees and research mentors to support the goals of the MBRS-RISE Program at PSMHS in developing outstanding minority students with the knowledge and skills to successfully complete a Ph.D. degree and advance to competitive postdoctoral positions and meaningful career opportunities.

Trainees are evaluated each semester by the Internal Advisory Committee. Annual reappointments are contingent upon trainee’s successful compliance with the following requirements and criteria as well as their research progress and ability to meet the long-term goals of the MBRS-RISE Program. Additionally, reappointments will depend on the number of spots available and the quality and quantity of available candidates. The RISE Program will typically support students accepted into the program for a maximum of 3 years and will rarely support students beyond their 4th year of the Ph.D. program (unless there are no other candidates that better meet RISE requirements and criteria at the time).

 

 

Program Criteria
 
Year in PhD Program By end of Fall semester By end of Spring semester

Summer

First Year
  • Attend a National Conference
  • Pass all core courses
  • Satisfactorily complete research rotations
  • Enroll and pass elective Practical Approach to Molecular Biology (BSG 774)
  • Give data blitz presentation
  • Pass all core courses
  • Satisfactorily complete research rotations
  • Present at PSM Scientific Conference (or data blitz)
     
  • Research
  • Select lab/mentor
  • Take Histology
     
Second Year
  • Attend a National Conference
  • Pass all core courses
  • Collect data
  • Enroll and pass elective English for Scientific Writing (BSG 773)
  • Give data blitz presentation
     
  • Pass all core courses
  • Present at PSM Scientific Conference (or data blitz)
  • Collect data
  • Pass qualifying exam
  •  Research
Third Year
  • Attend and present at a National Conference
  • Collect data
  • Defend thesis proposal
  • Give data blitz presentation
  • Submit fellowship application
  • Submit manuscript for publication
     
  • Thesis research
  • Present at PSM Scientific Conference
     
  • Thesis Research
  • Revise fellowship as necessary
     
Fourth Year
  • Attend and present at a National Conference
  • Thesis research
  • Participate in PostDoc workshop series
  • Complete electives
  • Revise manuscript for publication
  • Give data blitz presentation
     
  • Thesis research
  • Present at PSM Scientific Conference
     
  • Thesis Research
Fifth Year
  • Attend and present at a National Conference

 

  • Thesis research
  • Plan writing of thesis
     
  • Write thesis
  • Defend thesis
  • Present at PSM scientific conference
     
 

 

Program Requirements

  • Comply with the aforementioned program criteria (milestones).
  • Active, full-time (defined by NIH as 40 hours/week) participation and commitment to the program, your studies and research. RISE, as with other fellowships, provides a full-time salary so you can devote time and effort to academics and research (i.e. classes and laboratory research).
  • Mandatory attendance to all RISE-programmed activities. Absences will require prior notification in writing and documented evidence, as applicable (i.e. doctor’s note, travel itinerary, etc.).
    • Two or more absences may constitute grounds for probation.
  • Meet with mentors (RISE advisor and peer) a minimum of 2x per semester. Meeting must be initiated by trainee, documented on form and submitted to coordinator.
  • Submit/update a portfolio each semester (end December, early June). Review with research mentor annually (early June).
  • Conduct a RISE journal club once a year.
  • Summarize a RISE activity (seminar, professional development session, meeting, etc.) for the newsletter.
  • Submit Individual Development Plan (IDP) and review/revise annually with research mentor.*


Trainee Expectations

  • To plan annual travel to national conferences at least two months in advance.
    • Travel must be approved by/discussed with research mentor beforehand.
    • The RISE program will not reimburse travel expenses beyond the allotted $2,000 per year per trip without prior approval. Any use of a personal credit card requires prior written authorization.
    • Travel allowances are non-transferable.
    • If requesting travel for external training/research experiences:
      • Must submit written request to Program Coordinator including rationale and course information (as advanced to pertinent deadlines as possible).
      • Research mentor must also submit written justification or recommendation of request.
      • Request must be evaluated and approved by the Internal Advisory Committee before travel is arranged.
  • To coordinate purchase of lab supplies at least one month in advance.
    • Lab supply funds must be used each semester ($1,200 per semester) or risk losing funds.
    • Their use should be approved by/discussed with research mentor.
  • To respond to program requests in a timely manner (including surveys, evaluations, emails, etc.).
  • To adhere to institutional policies and procedures as outlined in the PSMHS student
    manual.
  • To communicate and/or meet with the Program Director, Associate Director and/or Program Coordinator as often as needed for guidance and input before problems occur.
  • To be available for and respond to follow-up/student tracking so we may adequately assess program outcomes and effectiveness in the short and long term.

     

Failure to comply with one or more program requirement or criteria may lead to probation, dismissal and/or non-continuance in the program, as well as ineligibility for potential future support.