During the academic year, the RISE Development Program provides opportunities for students to engage in paid research for 10 hours per week in a biomedical research laboratory.


The Summer Training About Research Techniques (START) Program is designed for incoming freshmen and rising sophomores who have demonstrated a desire to learn more about biomedical and/or behavioral research.


What is the purpose of the RISE Program?

The purpose of RISE Program is to increase the interest, skills, and competitiveness of undergraduate students for careers in biomedical research. Our program offers support for student development activities, which include seminars, critical skills thinking modules, on- and off-campus research experiences, and travel to scientific meetings.

The measurable goal of the Spelman College RISE program is to increase the numbers of graduates admitted to academic graduate programs leading to a Ph.D. in the biomedical sciences.

Am I eligible to participate in the RISE program?

You are eligible for support by the RISE program if you (1) are majoring a STEM dicipline or psychology, (2) intend to go on to Ph.D.-level graduate work, (3) have a grade-point-average of close to 3.0, or better, and (4) US citizen, non-citizen national or permanent resident.

Does the RISE Program offer scholarships?

No. The financial benefits for RISE students are in the form of salary.