How will the program transform the educations of undergraduate students?
U-RISE scholars participate in a research-intensive experience under some of the
best faculty mentors at CSUSB. Great care is taken to match students up with
researchers who are doing high quality work in the student’s area of interest.
During the second summer of the program, U-RISE scholars go on a 10-week
summer research experience at a major R1 research institution. The main focus
during the summer experience is participating in the laboratory of a nationally
recognized researcher, but there are also workshops and events available to
students that cover such topics as GRE preparation, writing effective letters of
recommendation, etc. By being actively involved in research at CSUSB, and
experiencing the exciting world of research at a major research-intensive institution,
What can students expect to learn, gain, and experience during the program?
The primary focus of the U-RISE program is to gain research experience; therefore, the U-
RISE scholar can anticipate becoming actively involved in a productive research laboratory
or research program at CSUSB. The goal of all U-RISE mentors is to conduct quality
research and disseminate their finding through presentations at national conferences and
articles published in quality peer-reviewed journals. The U-RISE scholar is expected to
become part of this process, and the expectation is that U-RISE scholars will actively
participate at regional and national conferences and become co-authors on peer-reviewed
publications. In addition, U-RISE scholars are enrolled in specialized classes in which grant
writing, manuscript evaluation and preparation, and research ethics are taught. After
gaining these various experiences, we anticipate that the U-RISE scholar will be well
prepared to advance to a doctoral program in their chosen field of interest.
Who will be selected for the Program? What will set these students apart?
The ideal U-RISE scholar is a student who has a love of research and aspires to gain a
Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D. degree (or a related degree) in a health-related field. Any student may
apply, but we are especially interested in underrepresented minority students, financially
disadvantaged students, and students with disabilities. Prior research experience is
advantageous, but not a necessity. An excellent GPA is preferred. Students should have
U - R I S E P r o g r a m
Here is What Dr. Crawford Has to Say about the Program
Dr. Cynthia Crawford, Ph.D., Professor of
the U-RISE program provides transformative experiences for our undergraduate students, many of whom advance
to doctoral programs in health-related fields.
Dr. Cynthia Crawford with student Ginny Park
Sanders McDougall, Ph.D., Professor of
Psychology with student Ginny Park
two years left on their undergraduate careers (junior-senior or senior-super senior). In the end, however, the characteristic that
most sets students apart is a strong interest in research and the desire to advance to a doctoral program in a health-related
field (Biology, Chemistry, Psychology, Kinesiology, Health Sciences, etc.).
What are the benefits of this program for the university and faculty?
Student success, in and of itself, is always a benefit to the university and faculty, and the entire purpose of the U-RISE program
is to foster student success. U-RISE scholars are more likely than the general student population to advance to doctoral
programs and achieve the Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D. degree. These former U-RISE scholars often go on to postdoctoral fellowships
and eventually make a career in a health-related field. In the short-term, faculty benefit from the U-RISE program because they
have an NIH-funded student working in their laboratory. The university also supports and recognizes those faculty members
working with U-RISE students. In sum, the U-RISE mentor and U-RISE scholar form a productive relationship that benefits the
student, the faculty member, and the university.