MBRS - Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (RISE)

For Graduate students 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.

  • $21,000/year plus in-state tuition
  • Summer and Academic year research
  • Graduate placement activities
  • Travel to a major scientific meeting to share research results


Applicant eligibility:

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

All applications require the following:

  • Apply to SF State University, if you have not already done so. Find CSU/University application information HERE
  • Apply to the College of Science and Engineering department of your choice. More information HERE.
  • The application deadline was 3/15/21. For more information about our fellowships, you can submit an Applicant Profile throughout the year: HERE

You can upload the following items with the online application or email them directly to seo@sfsu.edu :

  • 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. 
  • Copy of your unofficial transcripts
  • Two letters of recommendation emailed 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.