RISE Undergraduate Benefits

Thank you for your interest in the UTSA RISE Undergraduate program. After a long run at UTSA, the RISE Program has come to an end. The RISE Undergraduate program will end in March 2025, after serving its final cohort of undergraduates. Undergraduate training positions continue in our MARC program. Thank you!

The Undergraduate level RISE program provides financial benefits as well as professional experience and training that will help students to enter and succeed in doctoral programs.


  • Obtain "hands-on" research experience in laboratories focusing on Biology, Biomedical Engineering, Biophysics, or Chemistry with a biomedical emphasis.
  • Work with a UTSA or UT Health San Antonio faculty mentor.
  • Students are expected to work 15 or more hours per week in the laboratory during the semester and full-time (40 hours) during the summer.*

* Please note: Since this is a research training program, you should expect to spend sufficient time in the laboratory to complete your research projects. Although stipends on this training grant must be distributed in an hourly fashion, this is NOT a job. There will be times when undergraduates will have to invest longer hours to complete their projects.


  • $14/hour
  • Funding for a scientific conference

Conference Attendance

All RISE participants receive full funding to attend one scientific conference annually. Paid is airfare, hotel (maximal cost per room varies by city so check with us; room sharing is required), registration fees, per diem (generally a flat $35-$45/day for food when it is not provided), and other travel related to attending the conference.

Professional Development

  • RISE/MARC colloquium, seminar, and Lunch with the Speaker (direct professional training and networking sessions)
  • Research Careers and Professional Skills Development course
  • Conference attendance
  • Mentoring by program faculty and staff