PhD level MBRS-RISE students participate in diverse activities,
designed to assist them towards successful careers in the research
sciences. In the process, they...
research skills experience for post-doctoral success
experience in obtaining independent funding
professional skills needed for a successful future in science
scientific conferences and workshops
the various fields and career paths that they can pursue
scientists from around the country and learn about opportunities
Program-owned computer technology classroom and laboratory
RISE program activities will be integrated
into a student's normal program of study in most cases.
Survival Skills for Scientists
Grant Writing for Scientists
Research Ethics (University
Other activities include:
Refresher in Scientific Writing
Submission of a Federal Predoctoral Grant
(NIH or NSF)
Regular meetings and mentoring by program
importance in all science-related PhD programs is for students develop as
researchers during their training. The RISE Program provides
funding, supporting students in labs independent of mentor or
Courses and Workshops:
PhD RISE program includes several program-associated courses and
workshops designed to help them to practice and learn activities
critical to their professional development. Graduate courses include the RISE Seminar and
Survival Skills for Scientists.
Research Ethics - All MBRS-RISE doctoral
students are required to complete an ethics course, either provided by
their department or by a department participating in the RISE program.
Writing Refresher Course - At the beginning of the summer after they
enter the program, all RISE Ph.D. students will participate in a
two-week refresher of writing skills and introduction to technical
Survival Skills Course (Bio 5972 or Chem
The Survival Skills course, taught by Dr. Gail
Taylor, provides a semester of intensive professional development
activities for Doctoral
students. Activities are designed to will enhance their
ability to understand and present their research and operate
professionally in a scientific environment.
Grant Writing for Doctoral Students: All RISE Doctoral
students will participate in either a grant-writing course required
by their program, or a grant writing workshop, sponsored by the RISE
program. All will submit a grant to a national granting agency, the NIH or NSF.
RISE Seminar and Lunch
with the Speaker:
times each semester, all RISE students will attend a scientific
seminar given by a roll model scientist or scientist with a
background in ground-breaking academic research, government
research, or industry. Following
the seminar, students meet for lunch with with the seminar speaker,
opportunities as well as a chance to interact with other MBRS-RISE
and MARC U*STAR students.
National and Local
of the more exciting activities in which our students participate is
attendance of national scientific conferences. RISE students are
funded to attend one conference per year and should plan to do so. Ph.D. students work
with their mentors to select the conference that they believe would
be most effective for their development as scientists. They
are also strongly encouraged to participate in various local or regional poster presentations.
The first UTSA MBRS-RISE/MARC-U*STAR Research
Symposium took place in Fall 2004 in the Loeffler room of the
Biosciences Building. The success of this event has lead
program staff to make it an annual event, and even experiment with
hosting a symposium each semester. During the symposia,
MBRS-RISE (Minority Biomedical Research Support - Research
Initiative in scientific enhancement) and MARC-U*STAR (Minority
Access to Research Careers - Undergraduate Student Training for
Academic Research) students give poster and oral presentations.
They present research which they performed at UTSA, UTHSCSA, and
various institutions around the country.
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participants also take various classes, generally held in the MBRS-RISE
Communication Technology Laboratory and Classroom (Tech Lab). RISE,
MARC, and other student and faculty researchers have free access to this
laboratory, where they can work not only on their projects, but also in
any schoolwork that they need to get done. We encourage students to
use these facilities for study groups and to create and practice any
presentations that they may have to give. By doing so, they also
gain experience in the use of state-of-the-art presentation and
Finally...each Spring and Fall, we host an awards
ceremony. Here we both honor our graduates and celebrate the end of
the semester. Students from all levels participate and get to know
one another while playing games and eating. Program and students celebrate our newest graduates!
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