Welcome to RISE to the Postdoctorate!

“The biomedical research enterprise must engage all sectors of the population in order to solve the most complex biological problems and discover innovative new ways to improve human health.”

– NIH Director Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D.


The NMSU RISE (Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement) to the Postdoctorate Program aspires to augment the interest, skills, and competitiveness of graduate students in pursuit of biomedical and biobehavioral research careers.  Our RISE  community is committed to scientific research that will increase human health and reduce illness and disabilities.  The long term goal of our program is to increase the number of underrepresented students who achieve a doctoral (PhD) degree in a biomedical or biobehavioral discipline.

NMSU RISE Scholars are prepared for the next step of their career through:

  • Mentored research experiences in four NMSU colleges
  • Scientific workshops that develop cutting edge quantitative and technical skills
  • Guided expansion of their professional network, career planning, and training for the professoriate
  • Biomedical research seminars
  • Formal courses
  • Research internships at STARTUP partner institutions
  • Tuition
  • Health care
  • Budget for research supplies and travel to present at scientific conferences

Three primary components of RISE provide core skills to prepare students for success in different scientific fields and careers:

Research Leadership in the 21st Century

Develops the professional skills that maximize research productivity and funding success, ensure degree completion in 5 years, and help secure a competitive postdoctoral appointment at a research intensive institution.


Preparing for the Professoriate

Provides core teaching and mentorship skills essential for academic success in faculty positions.  Click here for more about this component.


STARTUP (Student Training & Research through United Partnerships)

Provides scientific and technical workshops and enhanced student off-site research training by establishing a formal network with RU/VH (research universities with very high research activity) university department heads, program directors, and center leaders.  Students also participate in formal education in Responsible Conduct in Research that is reinforced by faculty mentor practices and educational activities developed in partnership with colleagues in the START-UP network.  Click here for more about this component.

Many RISE activities are open to the NMSU and local community through courses or through university-wide workshops organized by the Program, the Graduate School, and the NMSU Teaching Academy.