The NMSU MBRS RISE to Excellence Program is a research-oriented program sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Its primary objective is to diversify the community of Ph.D. researchers in the biomedical/biobehavioral sciences.
The NMSU RISE to Excellence Program encourages applications from minorities underrepresented in the sciences, first generation college students, military veterans, disabled students, and students who have faced obstacles to obtaining the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to develop and participate in a research career. Students are selected for RISE to the Doctorate in the summer and fall and immediately enter a RISE laboratory to conduct individual research under the guidance of a RISE faculty mentor.
RISE to the Doctorate
Individual Research Scholars
NMSU RISE to the Doctorate (RTD) Undergraduate Scholars earn $10.00/ hour for participation in RISE program activities. RTD Scholars conduct original biomedical or biobehavioral research under the guidance of a RISE faculty mentor. Scholars are expected to attend professional development activities and disseminate their research results in preparation for admission to graduate school.
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RISE Team Discovery Workshops
Genomes Workshop Scholars
The Genomes Discovery Workshop provides an introductory research experience for students with limited or no research background in the sciences, especially those who will graduate in academic year 2011-2012 (seniors). This workshop involves training in modern genomics technology and analysis. Participants work on research projects involving medicinal plants, genomics, and phylogenetics. Research results are presented to the NMSU community in a poster session. Additionally, students are introduced to the importance of genomics technology in modern biology. Students attend the Professional Academy, and are trained in the evaluation of scientific literature, presentation skills, laboratory techniques and safety, and bioinformatics. All of these skills benefit participants as they prepare for graduate school and professional careers in scientific research.
Cell Workshop Scholars
The Cell Discovery Workshop provides an introductory research experience for students who are freshmen or sophomores majoring in any discipline. To understand fundamentals of cellular biology, this workshop involves hands-on laboratory experience, and uses a model organism (Dictyostelium discoideum) that is potentially important in various human diseases. Participants attend the Professional Academy to develop study skills, ethics, critical thinking, and to prepare for a professional career in the sciences.
Medicinal Plants Workshop Scholars
“Med-Plants” is an introductory research experience designed for freshmen or sophomore students who are majoring in any discipline, and have no experience in life science research. The workshop introduces the students to an array of laboratory techniques useful in molecular biology and analytical chemistry. Students conduct research to identify chemical compounds, such as antioxidants and vitamins, which make peppers the ideal candidate for nutritional and medicinal studies. This analytical work is coupled with the use of molecular genetics to identify the genes associated with these important phytopharmaceuticals. Participants attend the Professional Academy to develop study skills, ethics, critical thinking, and to prepare for a professional career in the sciences.
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