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UTSA Rising Researchers


Fall applications accepted until all positions filled


Did you know that UTSA faculty are involved in cutting-edge biomedical and chemical research here on the UTSA 1604 campus? Among many other topics, our researchers are exploring how learning takes place in the brain, methods of fighting anthrax infection, applications of nanotechnology and liposomes, how to replace toxic chemical reactions with "green" chemistry to make new products and drugs, and the mechanics underlying arteriosclerosis.

If you will be entering UTSA as a freshman and these topics sound interesting to you...
or if you have always loved science and want to be a researcher
or if you would like to learn more about research as a career
or if would like to delve into the PhD as a career path
or if you wish to learn how to enter and succeed in a UTSA research laboratory


The UTSA Rising Researcher Program & Award can help launch you toward these goals. This first-semester program features weekly meetings with program trainers, visiting researchers, and other undergraduates already working in research labs. You will learn about entering a research lab, other research training programs on campus, and participate in laboratory tours. Following full participation in this one-semester program, participants with majors in the College of Sciences will receive a $300 scholarship through UTSA Financial Aid (in the following Spring semester) and will be assisted in applying for additional campus research programs or in finding a research laboratory in which to volunteer.


First semester UTSA Freshmen who are disadvantaged or underrepresented are invited to apply for the UTSA Rising Researcher Program & Award.

Time Commitment

Trainees participate in a mandatory weekly session that lasts from 12:00 noon-1:00 pm. They also have the opportunity of additional training on some of these days by attending a 12:00-12:50 lunch with the seminar speaker or other professional development activities held for our RISE and MARC U*STAR research trainees.

To successfully apply to the UTSA Rising Researcher Program (for first semester freshmen) you must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Be a full time UTSA student
  • Plan to attend UTSA throughout undergraduate years (Not a CAP student)
  • Have a minimum 3.0 GPA from High School
  • Have an interest in working in a research laboratory and learning about research science as a career
  • Be majoring in Biomedical Engineering, Biology, Chemistry, Psychology, or have biomedical interests as a Physicist

Be underrepresented in the sciences for one of the following reasons:

  • African-American, American Pacific Islander, Hispanic, or Native American/Alaskan Native
  • Financially disadvantaged (eligible for Pell grants or equivalent)
  • Disability recognized by the UTSA Disability Services

Online Application

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Hints on the Online Application
The Rising Researchers application is an electronic document which asks for contact, academic, career goal, and demographic information. As you finish individual pages of the application, you will be able to pause then restart again if needed. Instructions are provided on the first page of the application.

On the application there are independent questions that together comprise a personal statement. You may want to pre-think and write these so that you come up with your best answer. Don't stress out with these questions...just answer them as best as you can.

The questions are:

  1. What is your eventual career goal and why did you choose it?
    (NOTE: it's okay to be uncertain of your career)
  2. Why do you want to participate in the Rising Researchers Program?
  3. What interests you about scientific research?
  4. Describe any past research experiences (if any).
  5. Any other information that is relevant to your application that you want to the committee to know.

For more information, contact Dr. Gail Taylor.