The MBRS-RISE program is an acronym for Minority Biomedical Research Support - Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement. It provides research experience and academic and financial support. It is intended to encourage and increase participation of minority students in biomedical research at the undergraduate
level. The program provides student salaries for part-time work as research assistants in experimental research projects sponsored by Hunter College
faculty members. The undergraduate support level is currently about $900 per month. A full tuition waiver from the college is also available.
Full-time, matriculated undergraduate students who are members of ethnic minorities underrepresented among scientists. Specific groups include, but are not limited to Black, Hispanic, Pacific Islanders, Native American (American Indian, Eskimo). They must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents who have declared majors in biology, chemistry, physics or psychology and have a GPA of 3.0 or better. They must have as an ultimate career goal either biomedical or biophysical research. Full time, matriculated undergraduate students are eligible. They must complete an application for admission, supply a current transcript of grades and provide recommendations from two Hunter College faculty members.
Accepted undergraduate students receive a salary of $900 per
month, a tuition waiver, and funds to travel to one professional meeting a year. Limited dorm room space is also available to incoming students. If the student remains in good standing, MBRS support will continue
until student graduates from Hunter College.
The Hunter College MBRS-RISE program is administered by the program director with the advice of the operations committee and the help of the program manager. Dr. Victoria Luine,
director, Department of Psychology.
Janerie Rodriguez, Program Manager. The operations committee composed of four faculty members and two students meets to make decisions concerning recruitment and student retention.
MARC / MBRS PROGRAM. Hunter College, N.Y.
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