The Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (RISE) is a student development program for minority-serving institutions granted by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (R25GM082406). Its main purpose is to increase the number of students from groups underrepresented in the biomedical/behavioral sciences that complete PhD degrees, advance to competitive postdoctoral positions, and enter productive research careers.
The RISE Program at Ponce Health Science University has specific measurable objectives that aim to provide trainees with continuing and enhanced:
1. Hands-on professional development and research skills training
2. Communication skills training
3. Team building/networking opportunities
RISE eligibility criteria:
- US citizens or permanent residents
- Enrolled full-time in the PHSU Biomedical Sciences PhD program.
Application deadline to Ph.D. program is April 15. Application forms are available in the PHSU admissions office or online at: http://mycampus.psm.edu/ICS/Future_Students/Programs.jnz
Students accepted to the Ph.D. program will be considered for appointment in the RISE program. RISE admission decisions will be made after students have been officially accepted into the PhD program.
Criteria for incoming PhD students:
Undergraduate GPA and coursework, GRE score, research experience, post-bachelor’s coursework, presentations/publications, interview, and writing sample.
Criteria for current students in the PhD program:
Graduate GPA, progress towards PhD (presentations/publications, fellowship applications, research proposal), and letters of recommendation.
To improve their performance, participation and success in the Ph.D./RISE Program, selected trainees receive the following benefits:
Salary of $23,000 per year, paid tuition, and annual funds for lab supplies.
- 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.
- 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.
The following criteria are intended to serve as guiding principles to assist trainees and research mentors to support the goals of the NIGMS-RISE Program at PHSU 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 NIGMS-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).
- 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.*
- 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 PHSU 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.
Erika Gonzalez-Lima, Ph.D. University of Texas
Jean Marie Schmidt
- Federation for American Societies of Experimental Biology (FASEB)
- NIH Bioethics Resources on the Web
- Bioethics Research Library
- American Association for Cancer Research
- American Association for the Advancement of Science
- The American Physiological Society
- The American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics
- Biotechnology Industry Organization
- Keystone Symposia
- The Environmental Mutagen Society
- Research in Puerto Rico
- Intramural NIAID Research Opportunities (INRO)
- National Institutes of Health
- National Science Foundation
- Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science
- Society for Neuroscience
- Research Associateship Programs
For program inquiries, please email firstname.lastname@example.org , or contact:
- Caroline Appleyard
RISE Program Director
Office: Research # 105
Tel: (787) 840-2575, ext.2165 (office) 2171/2168 (lab)
- James Porter
RISE Associate Program Director
Office: Research Building # 218
Tel: (787) 840-2575 ext. 2251, (787) 844-3620
- Jean Marie Schmidt
Office: Research Building # 223
Tel: (787) 284-2038
- Ponce School of Medicine
PO Box 7004
Ponce, PR 00732