Welcome To RISE

About RISE

The NMSU MBRS-RISE to Excellence Program aspires to augment the interest, skills, and competitiveness of graduateĀ students in pursuit of biomedical and biobehavioral research careers. The long term goal of our program is to increase the number of students who achieve a doctoral (PhD) degree in a biomedical and biobehavioral disciplines.

Our program emphasizes student academic achievement, professional development and research training under the supervision of expert faculty mentors. Currently, NMSU faculty representing three colleges and nine departments serve as research mentors for students in the NMSU RISE to Excellence Program. In addition to research mentors, academic mentors provide support and training for developmental activities that enhance student academic achievement.

NMSU RISE doctoral students participate as Scholars in RISE to the Postdoctorate. RISE Scholars benefit from professional development activities designed to enable student success in doctoral and postdoctoral programs. Activities include professional and academic skills enhancement workshops, research experiences at off-campus laboratories, education in responsible conduct in research, and travel to present at scientific conferences.

Contact and research information for participating research and academic mentors is accessible from the Find a Mentor tab. Students interested in participating in RISE are encouraged to contact any of the faculty members to learn more about their research.


The MBRS RISE Program was developed by the National Institutes of Health in response to the observation that the number of underrepresented minority faculty employed in biomedical research nationally, in universities and in industry, does not proportionally represent the number of underrepresented minority students currently enrolled in universities. A primary reason for this condition is a scarcity of Hispanic, African-American, and American Indian Ph.D.s with training and expertise in biomedical research areas.

NIH MBRS RISE awards aim to augment the biomedical research capacity of minority serving institutions and to increase the number of underrepresented minority students who achieve Ph.D. degrees. MBRS-RISE programs support student and faculty biomedical research activities in over 40 postsecondary institutions located in 19 states, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.