RISE Academic Year Research Scholars Program

Program Description

Sacramento State's Research Initiative for Scientific Enchancement (RISE) Program is an exciting opportunity for students from groups underrrepresented in the biomedical sciences who want to pursue Ph.D. degrees in biomedical research fields. Activities that will prepare RISE Research Scholars for the PhD include:

  • research training under the supevision of a Sacramento State professor
  • graduate school preparation workshops
  • graduate school and career advising
  • biomedical research seminars
  • help with gradute school applications
  • attending national scientific conferences
  • presenting research posters and giving oral presentations
  • certification in reserach ethics
  • writing a senior thesis
  • preparing a grant proposal to fund your graduate education


To participate in the program students must -

  • U.S. Citizien or Permanent Resident
  • Facing or having faced soieoeconomic barriers to attaining a career in biomedical research
  • Enrolled in at least 12 units each semester while in the program
  • Be an undergraduate student pursuing a first bachelors degree in Biological Sciences (Microbiology concentration or Cell and Molecular concentration), Chemistry or Biochemistry
  • In good academic standing
  • Member of the SEE Program.  If you are not currently a member, you can still apply and become a SEE member after acceptance into LSAMP.
  • Demonstrated commitment towards pursuing a phD in biomedical research
  • GPA of at least 3.0 for the last three semesters
  • At least one academic year (2 semesters) away from graduation


RISE Application word version Note: Application will automatically download when you click on link.

RISE Application PDF version

Application due date and submission: 

Please submit all application materials to the Center for Science and Math Success (Sequoia Hall 320) by 3:30pm, Monday August 7, 2017 by the priority deadline. However, applications will be accepted until all slots are filled.

Additional Information or Questions

If you have would like additional information or have any questions please contact Dr. Mary McCarthy Hintz, RISE Program Director (916) 278-6519 or mccarth@csus.edu

The Sacramento State RISE Program is funded by National Institute of General Medical Sciences