1. What is the purpose of the RISE Program?
The purpose of RISE Program is to increase the interest, skills, and competitiveness of undergraduate students for careers in biomedical research. Our program offers support for student development activities, which include seminars, critical skills thinking modules, on- and off-campus research experiences, and travel to scientific meetings.
The measurable goal of the Spelman College RISE program is to increase the numbers of graduates admitted to academic graduate programs leading to a Ph.D. in the biomedical sciences.
2. Am I eligible to participate in the RISE Program?
You are eligible for support by the RISE program if you (1) are majoring a STEM discipline or psychology, (2) intend to go on to Ph.D.-level graduate work, (3) have a grade-point-average of close to 3.0, or better, and (4) US citizen, non-citizen national or permanent resident.
3. Do I need to know what I’m going to do when I graduate?
Not necessarily, but you do need to know if you have a strong interest in biomedical and behavioral science research. The program is designed to assist you in finding out what you need to do when you graduate. However, RISE scholars are required to apply to graduate school.
4. I am a pre-med major. Am I eligible to be a RISE scholar?
As indicated before, the goal of the RISE Program is to encourage and prepare students to go on to graduate school to earn the Ph.D. degree in preparation for careers as biomedical scientists. RISE students are not encouraged to be physicians unless their ultimate goal is to have a career in medical research and pursue a MD/PHD.
5. What are the benefits from participation in the RISE Program?
- Paid “hands-on” research training opportunities while working in research laboratories at Spelman College or at outside collaborating institutions
- Professional development
- Travel to conferences
- Mentorship in research and career path.
- Assistance with the preparation of graduate school applications.
- Networking opportunities
- Seminars and Open Forums with research scientists
6. Does the RISE Program offer scholarships?
No. The financial benefits for RISE students are in the form of salary.
7. What is the difference between “Overall” and “Major” GPA?
Your major GPA refers to grades obtained from courses related to your Spelman major. The overall GPA is calculated from all the courses on your Spelman transcript. Incoming freshmen should provide the overall high school GPA listed on your transcript (weighted or unweighted).
8. How do students find a research mentor?
RISE Staff will work with you to determine which faculty members are actively conducting research that most compliments your interests. After meeting with your desired mentor and obtaining a place in their lab, you and your mentor will decide the research project you will conduct under their direction
9. How do I apply?
Via the RISE application. Applications are only considered that are submitted electronically to the RISE website.
Applicants will need to submit the fully completed application, including college transcripts (high school transcripts for FIRST) and letters of recommendation, before the posted deadline in order to be considered.
10. Which unofficial transcripts do FIRST applicants turn in? Do FIRST students still need to turn in recommendation letters?
FIRST Applicants/First-Year students will need to submit their high school transcripts and letters of recommendation (sent by references to firstname.lastname@example.org) before the posted deadline in order to be considered.