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UTSA Rising Researcher Pre-Research Program

The Fall 2021 Rising Researcher Pre-Research Program will be half virtual and half in person

Program begins Friday, September 3, 2021  |  Applications accepted until all positions filled

Did you know that UTSA College of Sciences faculty are involved in cutting-edge biomedical and chemical research here at the UTSA Main campus? Among many other topics, our faculty researchers are exploring ways to develop a novel vaccine and treatment to combat COVID-19, how learning takes place in the brain, and how to replace toxic chemical reactions with "green" chemistry to make new products and drugs.

If you will be entering UTSA as a freshman in the Fall 2021 semester and would like formal training on how to enter and succeed in a research laboratory, our program is for you. In addition to earning RISE Pre-Research Certification in activities performed by laboratory researchers, trainees will learn more about research at UTSA and how to secure a position, how to apply to research training programs, career paths with a doctoral degree, and how to plan for doctoral education.


First semester UTSA Freshmen, with any amount of High School dual credit, are invited to apply for the program.

Time Commitment

Trainees will participate in a mandatory weekly session every Friday (some being in person and some being virtual) that lasts approximately from 11:00-11:50 am. Some additional activities will be accomplished asynchronously. Finally, trainees are also invited to participate in some of the professional development activities held for our RISE and MARC U*STAR research training program students.

To successfully apply to the UTSA Rising Researcher Pre-Research Program you must:

  • 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
  • Be majoring in Biology, Biomedical Engineering, Biochemistry, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Microbiology/Immunology, Neuroscience, Physics, or Psychology
  • Have an interest in working in a research laboratory and learning about research science as a career
  • Have an interest in obtaining a PhD after graduating with a Bachelor's degree
  • Have a desire to perform research related to human physical or mental health
  • Be committed to completing the program once you begin

Online Application

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Hints on the Online Application
The Rising Researcher application is an electronic document which asks for contact, academic, career goal, and demographic information. Instructions are provided on the first page of the application.

On the application there are independent questions that together comprise a personal statement. Don't stress out with these questions...just be honest and answer them as best as you can.

The questions are:

  1. What interests you about scientific research?
  2. Have you had any research experience in the past? If yes, please describe.
  3. What is your eventual career goal (if you know) and why do you want to pursue it?
  4. Why do you want to participate in the Rising Researcher Pre-Research Program?
  5. Please discuss any other relevant information that you feel the Student Selection Committee should take into consideration when assessing your application.

For more information, contact Dr. Gail Taylor.