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Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement

About RISE at Claflin University

The RISE (Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement) Program is a structured educational and research training program for underrepresented minorities who desire to pursue a career in biomedical or behavioral sciences. The RISE Program was funded by the National Institutes of Health/National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIH/NIGMS), initiated in 1972.

The RISE Program at Claflin University was established in 2015 and provides academic and summer research experiences, both on campus and at partnering research intensive environments representing academia, industry, and government.

Students have conducted external summer research at the following institutions:

Yale University – New Haven, CT

Washington University – St. Louis, MO

Howard University – Washington, D.C.

University of South Carolina- Columbia, SC

Medical University of South Carolina – Charleston, SC

Wake Forest University – Winston-Salem, NC

Brown University – Providence, RI

University of Pennsylvania – Philadelphia, PA

University of Alabama Birmingham – Birmingham, AL

Claflin University continues to be recognized as a top-ranked liberal arts college by Washington Monthly. In its 2015 “Best Liberal Arts Colleges” edition, Claflin was ranked as number one liberal arts college in South Carolina and the top Historically Black College/University (HBCU) in the nation. The ranking is based on social mobility –recruiting and graduating low-income students; research – the institution’s ability to produce cutting-edge research; and service – encouraging students to give back to their community. Claflin was named the 2015 AARP/HBCU Digest HBCU of the Year. The HBCU Digest also named Claflin University as the International Alumni Association of the Year.

Claflin was ranked #1 in alumni giving among HBCU’s by U.S. News and World Report. For the seventh year, Forbes.com ranked Claflin University one of the top colleges in the United States based on student satisfactions, post-graduate success, graduation rate, and academic success.

Purpose of RISE at Claflin University

RISE (Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement) at Claflin University (CU) consists of interdisciplinary research conducted by Junior and Senior RISE Participants, under the supervision of over 12 researchers at Claflin in collaboration with research institutions, prepare to enter and complete graduate PhD programs in biomedical and behavioral sciences. RISE at CU is conducted in various research programs in the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics (Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Computer Science & Engineering) and the School of Humanities (Geography, Psychology, Sociology, etc.). Community-based participatory public health research addresses health disparities using Geographic Information Systems and behavioral science models in collaboration with the School of Humanities and the campus-wide Public Health Student Alliance.

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