RISE (Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement)
RISE (Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement)

Alumni

 

RISE Alumni from 2007-Present:

2015 Graduates

1. Morgan Pait, Cohort 9
2. Justin Branch, Cohort 9
3. Catheryn Wilson, Cohort 8 & 9
4. Marcus Sherman, Cohort 9
5. Mycah Sewell, Cohort 7
6. Austin Griffin, Cohort 5 & 6
7. Sara McEwan, Cohort 9
8. Alex Foster, Cohort 8 & 9
9. Aaron Byrd, Cohort 9

2014 Graduates

 1. Marsalis Smith, Cohort 7 & 8
 2. Armando Corona, Cohort 5, 6, 7 & 8
 3. Jordan Smink, Cohort 6, 7 & 8
 4. Robert Lamb, Cohort 8
 5. Sarah Ruiz, Cohort 7 & 8
 6. Christopher Long, Cohort 8
 7. Jasmine Rowlett, Cohort 5 & 6
 8. Joshua Ellerbe, Cohort 5

2013 Graduates

 1. Vivian Anunobi, Cohort 6
 2. Daisy Irra, Cohort 5 & 6
 3. Ladriania Hudson, Cohort 6
 4. Kristoffer Wild, Cohort 7

2012 Graduates

  1. Cynthia Correa, Cohort 5
  2. Jordan Strickland, Cohort 4

2011 Graduates

  1. Kimberly Brassard, Cohort 4 & 5
  2. Matthew Bublitz, Cohort 5
  3. Christopher Concepion, Cohort 1 & 2
  4. Joanna Cooper, Cohort 4 & 5
  5. Stephanie Edwards, Cohort 5
  6. Nicholas Faulkner, Cohort 5
  7. Rebecca Howell, Cohort 5
  8. Cilia Iluku, Cohort 4
  9. Nathaniel Kingsbury, Cohort 3 & 4
  10. Johnathan Ross Locklear, Cohort 5
  11. Anna Queen, Cohort 3, 4, & 5
  12. Josie Torrence, Cohort 2
  13. Hollie Young-Oxendine, Cohort 4 & 5

2010 Graduates

  1. Francina Abengowe, Cohort 3 & 4
  2. Donna Gilchrist, Cohort 1-4
  3. Aaron Locklear, Cohort 2
  4. Delora Oxendine, Cohort 3

2009 Graduates

  1. Musheerah Ali, Cohort 1
  2. Ashley Clark, Cohort 3
  3. Rhonda McClure, Cohort 3
  4. Ellen Simmons, Cohort 3
  5. Hannah Woriax, Cohort 1 & 2

2008 Graduates

  1. Natalie Bullock, Cohort 1 & 2
  2. Marcus McNair, Cohort 1 & 2
  3. Shannon Rose, Cohort 1
  4. Mark Stevens, Cohort 1 & 2
  5. Christina Tate, Cohort 1

2007 Graduates

  1. Kalyn Dukes, Cohort 1
  2. Andrea Filipkowski, Cohort 1
  3. Valerie Poole, Cohort 1

 

Highlights:

Catheryn Wilson, 2015 UNCP Graduate and RISE Fellow will be attending the Interdisciplinary Toxicology Graduate Program at The University of Arkansas.

Justin Branch, 2015 UNCP Graduate and RISE Fellow will be attending the Baylor College of Medicine SMART PREP Program.

Marcus Sherman, 2015 UNCP Graduate and RISE Fellow will be attending the PhD Program at The University of Michigan.

Morgan Pait, 2015 UNCP Graduate and RISE Fellow will be attending the PhD Program at The University of Michigan beginning in Fall 2016.

Mycah Sewell, 2015 UNCP Graduate and RISE Fellow will be attending the PREP Program at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill.

Robert Lamb, 2014 UNCP Graduate and RISE Fellow has been attending the PhD Program at Mississippi State University since the Summer of 2014.

Marsalis Smith. 2014 UNCP Graduate and RISE Fellow has been attending the PhD Program at Nortwestern University since the Summer of 2014.

Jordan Smink, 2014 UNCP Graduate and RISE Fellow has been attending the combined VMD/PhD Program at Mississipi State University since the Summer of 2014.  She has been writing an interdepartmental grant that will allow her to purchase machinery needed for her research.

Armando Corona, 2014 UNCP Graduate and RISE Fellow attended the PREP Program at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill where his research targeted drug resistance in clear cell renal cell carcinoma (Kidney Cancer). He is now in the PhD program at Duke University.

 

Joanna Cooper

Joanna Cooper, 2011 UNCP Graduate and RISE Fellow, has been attending the PhD Program in Biochemistry, Cellular and Molecular Biology, at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville since Fall 2011. She is under the mentorship of Advisor Rebecca Prosser. She presented her poster  Involvement of both tPA and LRP-1 in regulating circadian clock phase co-authored by Rebecca Prosser at the XIVth International Workshop for Molecular & Cellular Biology of Plasminogen Activation at the University of Notre Dame. She also presented her poster LRP1 modulates phase shifting in the mammalian circadian clock partly independent of interactions with tPA  co-authored by Rebecca Prosser at the 2014 Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience in Washington, DC.

Nathaniel Kingsbury, 2011 UNCP Graduate and RISE Fellow, entered the PhD Program in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at East Carolina University Brody School of Medicine in Fall 2011.

 

Kimberly Brassard

Kimberly Brassard, 2011 UNCP Graduate and RISE Fellow, entered the MA in BioEthics Program at Wake Forest University Center for Bioethics, Health, and Society in Fall 2011.

 

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Anna Queen, 2011 UNCP Graduate and RISE Fellow, was accepted into a Post-Baccalaureate program at Wake Forest University in Fall 2011.

 

Ellen Simmons

Ellen Simmons, 2009 UNCP Graduate and RISE Fellow, currently attends the DHS Security Studies PhD Program at the Naval Post Graduate School and the MS Biohazardous Threat Agents & Emerging Infectious Diseases Program at Georgetown University.

 

Hollie Young-Oxendine

Hollie Young-Oxendine will begin the Post Baccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP) on August 1, 2011, at Wake Forest University School of Medicine until July 13, 2012.

 

Rhonda McClure

Rhonda McClure, 2009 UNCP Graduate and RISE Fellow, began the MD/PhD Program at the University of Massachusetts in Fall 2011 after completing a 2-year Post Baccalaureate Program with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Section on Antibody Diversity, Laboratory of Molecular Gerontology in Bethesda, Maryland. In September of 2014, the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences honored 44 newly qualified PhD candidates to mark their achievement transition from class-room based learning to lab. Rhonda McClure is among those 44 who have successfully completed their Qualifying Exam.

 

Marcus McNair

Marcus McNair, 2008 UNCP Graduate and RISE Fellow, presently is a Research Associate in the Smithies-Maeda Lab at UNC-Chapel Hill.

 

Hannah Woriax, 2009 UNCP Graduate and RISE Fellow, graduated from East Carolina University, Brody School of Medicine, MD Program in 2014.

 

Ashley Clark

Ashley Clark, 2009 UNCP Graduate and RISE Fellow, completed a Masters Program in the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics at UNC-Chapel Hill, and completed two years of graduate school in the Duke University Physician Assistant Program. Ashley now works in the Regulatory Affairs/Quality Engineering Group for a company in Research Triangle Park.

 

Francina Abengowe

Francina Abengowe, 2010 UNCP Graduate and RISE Fellow, attended the National Institutes of Health/National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Program at UNC-Chapel Hill, Post-Baccalaureate Fellow in Bone and Extracellular Matrix Branch at NIH studying osteogenesis imperfecta, and started a position as a high school Biology educator in Charlotte Fall 2012. She plans to pursue a Master's degree in the sciences.

 

Aaron Locklear, 2010 UNCP Graduate and RISE Fellow, graduated from East Carolina University, Brody School of Medicine, MD Program in 2014.

Kristoffer Wild, 2013 UNCP Graduate and RISE Fellow, currently attends Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, TN. He is working as a Research Assistant in the Center of Excellence for Field Biology. He has "a strong interest in conservation biology and population ecology of reptiles and amphibians and is interested in studying the effects of prescribed fire on reptiles and amphibians to improve conservation and management practices. His thesis will focus on the effects of prescribed fire on fence lizard (Sceloporus undulatus) populations at Land-Between-The-Lakes National Recreational Area".