RISEbio Program

RISEbio is a National Science Foundation funded scholarship program that bridges social integration, vertical mentoring, and an authentic research experience to enhance student academic success.

RISEbio gives entering freshman interested in pursuing a degree in biology the opportunity to engage in real-world research with faculty and graduate students. RISEbio scholars also live together in a learning community during their first year and qualifying students receive $2,500 in scholarship funds for each of their first three semesters ($7,500 total).

Prospective students submit an application to become a RISEbio scholar. If selected, you join the RISEbio learning community and select a research stream.

Although you will take the Introductory Biology sequence during your first year, you will exchange course-based laboratories with an authentic research experience. During your first semester, you will take a RISEbio specific research methods course followed by 2 semesters of authentic research. Program Next Steps facilitates additional research and scholarly activities to provide continued academic excellence and training.

RISEbio scholars have the option to join 1 of 2 research streams:

(1) Immunity and Cancer – Led by Dr. Allison Land, the Immunity and Cancer group is working to determine the mechanisms by which host immune proteins that mutagenize viral DNA are kept from damaging cellular genomic DNA.  Learn More

(2) Brain and Behavior – Led by Dr. Rachel Cohen, the Brain and Behavior group is working to identify novel genes expressed in the brain that control reproductive and aggressive behaviors. Learn More

To qualify for the RISEbio scholarship program, you must meet several criteria:

  • Demonstrated financial need
  • A minimum high-school GPA of 2.66 (3.0 preferred)
  • Meet minimum ACT sub-scores

Follow this link to apply through Scholarship Finder!

Still have questions? Contact the RISEbio coordinator, Dr. David Sharlin - david.sharlin@mnsu.edu

Research Immersive Scholastic Experience in Biology (RISEbio)

RISEbio is a National Science Foundation (NSF) funded program that provides first-year students the opportunity to engage in authentic real-world research experiences by exchanging introductory biology laboratory sections for a hands-on mentored research experience. No extra course work is required to participate in RISEbio. The program also offers substantial scholarship funds to students with a demonstrated financial need.  RISEbio Scholars will also be part of a dedicated learning community and partake in activities that develop technical and professional skills, which will help students springboard into additional research opportunities, internships, graduate/professional schools, and careers. 

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