NMSU RISE is supported by NIH R25GM061222 grant to MPIs/MPDs S Lusetti, E. Serrano, and G. Unguez. The federal agency specifies the following goals for RISE(NIH PAR-10-004):  “The goal of the RISE Program is to increase the number of students from UR groups in biomedical and behavioral research who successfully complete the Ph.D. degree in these fields. For the purpose of the RISE Program UR groups include those reported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) as well as the National Academies to be nationally underrepresented in biomedical and behavioral sciences (i.e., African Americans, Hispanic Americans, American Indians, and Natives of US Pacific Islands, and people with disabilities).”


NMSU RISE to the Postdoctorate is a rigorous research and professional training program for graduate students who seek to become highly competitive biomedical researchers. Students accepted into the program are awarded  research assistantships, tuition, and health insurance as well as supplies and travel. Competitive applications require a record of scholarly and professional achievement, excellent academic standing,  and  full-time NMSU matriculation in a PhD or MS degree program in a biomedical or behavioral science field. Students must work on their research under the direct supervision of a RISE Graduate Faculty Mentor.

Applications are reviewed by the a committee of Advisory Board members and experienced RISE mentors. A mentor training plan for student degree completion within five years or less from the time of graduate enrollment is a required component of the application for PhD students. RISE-MS is designed for students who will  complete the MS degree in 4 semesters or less with the objective of transitioning to the PhD at another institution.

In compliance with NIH requirements (NIH PAR-10-004) “To receive salary support from the RISE program, students must be U.S. citizens or non-citizen nationals or permanent residents and must be enrolled full time in academic degree programs in biomedical or behavioral science fields at the applicant institution. (A non-citizen national is a person who, although not a citizen of the United States, owes permanent allegiance to the U.S.)” NIH prohibits appointment of students concurrently supported by other federal funds.  The federal agency further stipulates that individuals on temporary visas, those seeking asylum, or refugees are not eligible for support from the RISE program.

Any questions? Contact the MBRS-RISE Office at (575) 646-5726