U-RISE (Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement)

The RISE Fellows at their team building workshop

APPLICATIONS for RISE are due April 10th!


UNCP U-RISE is a National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) funded program with the goal of creating a more diverse research work force by:

  • Preparing UNCP undergraduate students from underrepresented groups to be the research scientists of the future
  • Supporting and enhancing an atmosphere conducive to undergraduate research in the sciences at UNCP

The UNCP U-RISE program is open to full-time, undergraduate students who are rising Juniors majoring in biology, chemistry, physics or a related field with plans to pursue a graduate degree in STEM research. Applicants must be US citizens, or permanent residents.

Students accepted to the U-RISE program will participate in activities designed to enhance their confidence, academic skills and technical abilities.


  • Hands-on research training with a faculty mentor (see the biology and chemistry & physics faculty research interests)
  • Financial support through a tuition and fee scholarship and monthly stipend
  • Career counseling
  • Interactions with successful biomedical researchers
  • Funds to attend and present at scientific meetings and conferences
  • Graduate school preparation

* This program is designed to prepare students for a research career. This program is not designed to support those who plan to attend medical, veterinary, dental or other professional schools.

For more information, please browse the rest of the U-RISE page and/or contact the RISE staff.

NIGMS' Division of Minority Opportunities in Research (MORE) administers research and research training programs aimed at increasing the number of minority biomedical and behavioral scientists. For more information visit the  National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) websites.

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