Undergraduate Research for Student Enhancement (U-RISE), Concentration

Undergraduate Research for Student Enhancement (U-RISE) Program is a research training program for undergraduate students across scientific and engineering disciplines at Marquette who are interested in biomedical research and in pursuing a Ph.D. in biomedical related fields. The program is funded by the National Institute of Health with the goal of increasing participation from students traditionally underrepresented in biomedical research to pursue Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D. degrees and biomedical research careers. Through an evidence-based and culturally validated curriculum, U-RISE scholars progress through this two-year program focused on developing research expertise, promoting diversity, equity and inclusion in STEM and affirming one’s identity as a biomedical researcher and contributing member of the scientific community. Mentoring, professional development and inclusive community are three core elements of the U-RISE at MU program, designed to meet the mission of U-RISE to enhance preparation of students traditionally underrepresented in biomedical research for entry and success in a Ph.D. program. U-RISE scholars may choose from over 40 on-campus research labs within the Colleges of Health Sciences, Engineering and Arts & Sciences to conduct research. The U-RISE course work is designed to complement the students’ experiential training in biomedical research labs to equip them with knowledge, practical skills and confidence needed to thrive in a research environment and to persist in further research training as a Ph.D student.   

Students apply to the program in early spring of sophomore year. Upon acceptance, students are notified prior to advising week so that they can enroll in the first program courses and begin to explore laboratories. Students engage in the U-RISE curriculum (9 credits) and mentored research throughout junior and senior years. When students complete the program, they earn a concentration in undergraduate research for student enhancement (U-RISE), which is noted on their transcript. For more information, contact Dr. Kimberly D’Anna-Hernandez at urise@marquette.edu.