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What is the purpose of the RISE Program?

The purpose of RISE Program is to enhance student’s enthusiasm in related Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) research and promote career development with an increased number of underrepresented students entering and completing PhD programs in biomedical/behavioral sciences. The RISE program is conducted in various laboratories (Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Computer Science & Engineering) in the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics and in the School of Humanities (Geography, Psychology, Sociology, etc.). Our program offers support for student development activities, which include seminars, journal clubs, virtual writing center, on- and off-campus research experiences, and travel to scientific meetings.

What are the requirements for admission into the RISE Program?

  • Rising junior or senior majoring in a STEM discipline (biology, chemistry, math & computer sciences), or public health related disciplines (geography, sociology, psychology, etc.)
  • Intent to pursue Ph.D.-level graduate work
  • Grade-point-average of 3.0 or better
  • US citizen or permanent resident.

Does the RISE program offer opportunities during academic year and summer?

Once accepted into RISE, students remain a RISE Participant until graduation during academic year and summers. The alumni and faculty/staff of the RISE Program provide a bank of internship opportunities both at Claflin and at research institutions (other universities, government and industry).

Can I use the research conducted in the RISE program for the Capstone Project (Thesis) at Claflin University?

Yes; it is strongly encouraged with the written permission of your external mentor and the RISE mentor at Claflin. Arrangements can be made for your research to be used for the Capstone Project required for graduation.

Does the RISE Program offer preparation for Graduate School Application?

Yes; GRE preparation, a virtual writing center, and a journal club all help prepare students for admission into graduate school.

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