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Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement

The RISE Program at Sacramento State is a research-training program designed to cultivate undergraduate students from underrepresented groups interested in pursuing biomedical research careers. By participating in the RISE Program, students will become:

  1. More competent within their scientific disciplines
  2. More confident in their laboratory skills
  3. More resilient to adversity in the classroom ad well in the laboratory

The RISE program supports year-round, hands-on-research opportunities at Sacramento State or at the nearby UC Davis campus, and career enhancement activities to become competitive for admission to PhD programs in the biomedical fields.

How to Join & Eligibility

Students interested in joining the RISE Program must complete an application and meet the eligibility requirements:

  • Be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Belong to a group underrepresented in the biomedical sciences, including any of the following:
  • African American
  • Latino
  • Native American
  • U.S. Pacific Islander
  • First generation college/educationally disadvantaged
  • Possessing a disability
  • Family income below the poverty line
  • Undergraduate majoring in a qualified major with a Bachelors in Science
    • Biological Sciences
      • General
      • Cell & Molecular Biology
      • Microbiology
    • Chemistry
    • Biochemistry
  • Enrolled in 12 units with at least a year until graduation
  • GPA of at least 3.0 for the last 3 semesters
  • Demonstrate a strong commitment to pursuing a PhD in a field related to biomedical research following completion of a bachelor’s degree.

Contact Information

For additional information regarding the RISE Program at Sacramento State please stop by Sequoia Hall 320, the Center for Science and Math Success where the RISE Program is housed or contact us at (916) 278-6519 or


The RISE Program at Sacramento State is funded through the National Institute of General Medical Sciences under a grant from the National Institute of Health (R25GM122667).