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Introducing Cal Poly U-RISE

The lack of diversity among scientists in the biomedical field is a critical issue affecting our nation's health and the future of research. People of color, individuals with disabilities, and socioeconomically disadvantaged individuals are persistently underrepresented in the research workforce. U-RISE at Cal Poly will provide research opportunities to students from underrepresented groups and develop their identities as scientists. Students will leave inspired and prepared for success in graduate school in the biomedical field. This program is funded by National Institutes of Health (NIH) T34GM149492.

U-RISE at Cal Poly consists of four key components over a 2-year training program:

1) A mentoring team and individual development planning.
2) Mentored research experiences at Cal Poly and at another, research-intensive university.
3) Formal coursework to support students' development as scientists.
4) Events outside the classroom (e.g., research seminars, professional development, team building, peer mentoring).

· Full-time undergraduate Cal Poly student
· Meet one of the NIH definitions for underrepresented population. (Found here
· Commitment to pursuing a PhD or MD/PhD in biomedical field
· At least two years from graduating Or have at least 90 units?
· Cumulative grade point average of at least 2.5
· US Citizen, permanent resident, or non-citizen national

Program Requirements
· Attend 3-day fall kick off workshop
· Work in a research laboratory 10-15 hours per week during the academic year and
40 hours per week in the summer
· Complete two U-RISE courses (Responsible conduct of research and Becoming a Scientist)
· Attend seminars and other activities/trainings at Cal Poly
· Complete a 10-week summer research experience at research intensive university
· Attend scientific meetings to present your research
· Publish research findings with faculty mentor

Student Benefits
· Annual income of ~$14,000
· Annual tuition of ~$7,500
· Obtain "hands-on" research experience in research laboratories at Cal Poly
· Summer research experience at research intensive university expenses of $3,000 for
housing and food
· Travel and conference expenses of $1,000 per year
· Mentoring by program faculty and staff
· Networking opportunities

Program Directors
Sarah Keadle, PhD (skeadle@calpoly.edu)
Todd Hagobian, PhD (thagobia@calpoly.edu)

For general questions about the program please email urise@calpoly.edu or call (805)756-5506

Apply now! We are currently recruiting students for the 2024-2025 academic year.
Applications completed by 3/8/2024 will be prioritized.

Apply here: https://familyhealthsurvey.calpoly.edu/surveys/?s=WYKPL44WLJP9C8NM_

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