The Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement Program was created in response to a legislative mandate of increasing participation of underrepresented minority faculty, investigators and students engaged in biomedical and behavioral research, and to broaden the opportunities for their participation in these fields.
The program is federally funded by National Institutes of Health (NIH).
The goal of the RISE Program is to increase the number of students from underrepresented groups in biomedical and behavioral research who successfully complete the Ph.D. degree in these fields.
For the purpose of the RISE Program underrepresented groups include those reported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) as well as the National Academies to be nationally underrepresented in biomedical and behavioral sciences (i.e., African Americans, Hispanics, American Indians, and Natives of the US Pacific Islands, and people with disabilities).
The program provides both financial and professional development support to undergraduates and graduate students while they pursue training in biomedical research to obtain the Ph.D. degree.