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priority application deadline:
August 7, 2022
Applications accepted until all positions filled.

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UTSA Freshman Rising Researchers Pre-Research Program

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 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 research training program students.

To successfully apply to the UTSA Freshman Rising Researchers 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 Biochemistry, Biology (except Environmental), Chemistry, Mathematics, 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

For more information, contact Dr. Gail Taylor.

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The UTSA Freshman Rising Researchers Pre-Research Program is one of the training programs in the UTSA Research Initiatives for Scientific Equity (RISE) Office. See RISE Office for details about the programs.