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RISE PhD Application

** The RISE program will not be accepting new students until further notice. **
Please check back in Spring 2018 to determine program funding status and application submission.


Applications for the RISE PhD Program are accepted year-round. The program has 18 positions for participants, from the UTSA Biomedical Engineering, Cell & Molecular Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Neurobiology, Physics, and Psychology programs. Applications are reviewed and ranked by the RISE Student Selection and Retention Committee. Positions are filled as they become available.


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Application Requirements
  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Full time UTSA Doctoral Student in second or third year of doctoral training
  • In or accepted into one of the following PhD programs and desiring to perform research with required emphases:
    • Biology (CMB or NEU)
    • Biomedical Engineering
    • Chemistry in a project pertinent to the National Institutes of Health agenda
    • Physics with a biophysics emphasis
    • Psychology with the goal of pursuing academic research
  • In academic good standing with your program
  • Willing to participate fully in the RISE training program, including coursework and grant submission
Application Materials
  • Completed online application
  • Two recommendations using online forms (if you have performed laboratory rotations or are in a laboratory at UTSA or UTHSCSA, then at least one of these should be from a research for whom you have worked)
  • Personal Statement
  • Transcripts
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Applicants should also provide any of the following that they have completed (if they are not first year students):
    • Qualifying Examination completion dates
    • Copy of their accepted Research Proposal
    • Proposed timeline for completion of their Specific Aims
    • Copy of abstracts or publications on which they are an author
Hints on Statement Writing

Please make sure to cover the following:

  • Why you want to earn a PhD
  • Why you wish to participate in the RISE PhD Training Program
  • Your research experience up to now
  • Your long-term goals, addressing career path and post-doctoral plans