Margairta Hernandez
Margarita Hernandez, a biology major in Floyd Wormley's research
laboratory on West Campus.

UTSA Minority Biomedical Research Support Rise program awarded $519,000

By Kris Rodriguez
Public Affairs Specialist

(Aug 7, 2008)--The University of Texas at San Antonio Minority Biomedical Research Support Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (MBRS/RISE ) program has been awarded a $519,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to assist underrepresented minorities to pursue careers in science.

MBRS programs support research by faculty members and minority serving institutions, strengthen the institutions' biomedical research capabilities, and provide opportunities for students to work as part of a research team.

"We put students in a freshman type boot camp for scientists to learn basic laboratory skills and how to make their own poster presentations," said Edwin Barea-Rodriguez, MBRS/RISE Program Director. "We want to develop them personally and scientifically and also to provide funding so they don't have to go outside to look for jobs," said Barea-Rodriguez.

The programs are student oriented and provide both financial and professional development support for up to 40 undergraduates and 15 doctoral students while they pursue training in biomedical research. RISE programs for freshman, sophomores, juniors, seniors and doctoral students; provide an invaluable resource for the development of the next generation of biomedical researchers.

In order to be eligible to participate in the MBRS RISE program, students must maintain a 3.0 GradePoint Average and commit time during the semester and over the summer to work in the Research laboratories.

For more information contact Gail Taylor at (210) 458-5761 or visit

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