U-RISE at Marquette

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U-RISE at Marquette is a preeminent undergraduate research training scholarship program with the goal of increasing the number of students from underrepresented groups who pursue Ph.D. and M.D./Ph.D. degrees and research careers in biomedical sciences. 

This program invites a diverse pool of undergraduates who are interested in research and planning to pursue a Ph.D. in biomedical research. This two-year program will prepare motivated students for success in graduate Ph.D. programs with a curriculum and program to support students as they gain undergraduate research expertise while cultivating a science-identity and becoming a member of the science community.

Funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the first of its kind in the Midwest, U-RISE at Marquette is rooted in outstanding academics and research, excellence in mentoring, and providing an overall sense of belonging and persistence. Applications from current sophomore students are currently being accepted, however selection will emphasize the inclusion of under-represented student populations, first-generation college students, and women.

Accepted students will be eligible to receive financial support in the form of tuition relief and a stipend to support living costs and research opportunities. 

All U-Rise students will also participate in U-RISE Scholars Research Day

Student Support 

  • Tuition support up to $16,000/year
  • $1,000+/month stipend for 2 years
  • Travel assistance for scientific conferences
  • Support to conduct summer research
  • Individualized advising and professional development
  • Support preparing and submitting graduate school applications
  • Research traineeship (2-years) of “hands-on” research with training in the responsible conduct of research and the methodological and analytical skills required of scientists
  • Structured professional development that includes topics such as writing pre-doctoral grant proposals, science communication, career exploration for scientists with Ph.Ds., professional networking, etc.


  • Conduct research 10-15 hrs/week with one of over 40 research active labs within the Colleges of Health Science, Engineering, and Arts and Sciences.
  • Enroll in the 3 credit Path to Research (BISC 4193)
  • Enroll in the 1.5 credit U-RISE Seminar (BISC 4193) each semester of the 2-year program (for a total of 6 credits)
  • Conduct summer research at a T-32 or research-intensive institution
  • Applicants finishing their sophomore year are eligible with a commitment to completing the 2-year program (4 semesters, 1 summer)
  • Applicants traditionally underrepresented in the sciences are encouraged to apply (as defined by NIH)

To apply to the U-RISE program:

Click here for 2024 U-RISE Application

Applications for are due March 1st of Sophomore Year.

  • A completed application will include:
    • personal statement (800word max)
    • 1 letter of recommendation*
    • unoffical transcript
    • Submitting application form

*Letters of recommendation should be emailed directly from the letter writer to Dr. Kimberly D'Anna-Hernandez at urise@marquette.edu 

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Questions can be sent to Dr. Kimberly D’Anna-Hernandez at urise@marquette.edu.