Pre U-RISE and U-RISE 

Claflin U-RISE – 2022-2023 Scholars
Adrian M. Lockwood, Kailee Milligan, Dana M. Joe

Erin N. Thomas, Kyla Aikins
Congratulations U-Rise Scholars



Undergraduate Research Initiative for Student Enhancement (U-RISE)

The goal of the Undergraduate Research Initiative for Student Enhancement (U-RISE) program is to develop a diverse pool of undergraduates who complete their baccalaureate degree, and transition into and complete biomedical, research-focused higher degree programs (e.g., Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D.). Training grants offset the cost of stipends, tuition and fees, and related expenses, including health insurance, for the appointed trainees in accordance with the approved NIH support levels. Training grants are usually awarded for five years and are renewable.

URISE Program Highlights

  • 60% of tuition and fees will be paid
  • stipend (~$1200/month) to conduct research with a URISE mentor. 
  • financial support to conduct summer research 
  • special advising, seminars and workshops
  • funds to travel to local and national conferences
  • help with graduate school applications
  • Visit our website, for more information

Contact: Keyana Tyree at for more information. 

Keyana Tyree
Program Manager of U-RISE
Adjunct Instructor of Biology

Claflin University
School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

We certainly want to salute our 2021-2022 U-RISE Program Scholars for their achievements and accomplishments. We are very proud of them!
Ms. Chayna Rivers has been accepted into the Master of Science in Forensic Science at Syracuse University for Fall 2022. Ms. Rivers plans to obtain her Master of Science degree before entering a Ph.D. program.

Ms. MiLana Wiltshire has been accepted into the three (and counting) Undergraduate Biology Education Research- Research Experience for Undergraduates (UBER-REU) at the University of Georgia, NSF Engineering Research Center for Cell Manufacturing Technologies (CMaT) at the University of Georgia and the National Institute of Health (NIH), National Institute of Aging (NIA) at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine (NIH R25 at USC SOM). Ms. Wiltshire will participate in the NIH R25 at USC SOM this summer. 

Ms. Afua Lincoln has been accepted into the Medical University of South Carolina Summer Undergraduate Research Program at the (MUSC SURP) and MedEX HMX course. Ms. Lincoln will conduct her summer research experience at MUSC SURP and take a virtual MHX, medical education, course at Harvard Medical School.

Ms. Nhandhi Edmonds has completed her application for the Inclusive Excellence Summer Research Experience: Vision Science Undergraduate Summer Research at the University of California at Berkley

New forensic lab open in Orangeburg

This Fall, the Orangeburg Forensic lab partnered with Claflin University. The new lab will serve as both a research lab for students studying Biotechnology and Criminal Justice, and as a functioning lab for the city and the region. Nhandi Edmond, junior biochemistry major and U-RISE trainee, began her internship with the Orangeburg Forensic Lab in October 2021. She is studying the “Evaluation of DNA transfer in forensic science”. Her research mentors are Dr. Samina Noorali, PI of URISE and Professor of Biology and Ms. Amanda Web, lead DNA Technician of the Orangeburg Forensic lab. Click the link to learn more about this partnership.



URISE – Mentor – Karina Liles, PhD 
Assistant Professor of Computer Science

Below:  Dr. Lillianne Harris Wright is a RISE Alum from Clarke Atlanta and is one of the RISE mentors who completed her doctoral studies at a cancer research center.  View her video clip.


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