MBRS - Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (RISE)

For juniors/seniors in biology and chemistry & biochemistry.

Purpose: To prepare students from underrepresented groups (African-American, Native American, Hispanic American and Pacific Islanders) and students with disabilities for biomedical careers by providing academic support and a stimulating research experience. The goal of the program is to prepare each participant for entrance into a competitive graduate program and successful completion of a PhD in the biomedical or physical sciences.

  • $11,544/year for the junior and senior years
  • Junior and senior year research
  • Summer research internships
  • Travel to a major scientific meeting to share research results

Applicant eligibility:

Must be a SF State student (or have applied to become one)
Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
Must commit to research for one year or more

All applicants are required to submit the following:

  • Online Application here
  • Statement of Purpose describing your educational goals, career goals and interest in science. Also describe how participation in the SEO programs will benefit your future goals. (This is required to complete the online application.)
  • All Science Transcript Form (here) - Complete the form by listing all college-level science courses, the grade you received, and the institution where taken.
  • Unofficial copies of your transcripts
  • Two letters of recommendation. Download the SEO Recommendation Form as a PDF (here) and as a Word document (here).  Please have two (or up to three) recommenders send the recommendations directly to seo@sfsu.edu

We strongly encourage you to apply on-line, however if you are unable to do so please contact the SEO Office for an alternate, paper application packet.