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 participation from students traditionally underrepresented in biomedical research to pursue  Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D. degrees and biomedical research careers.

Funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), this 2-year program supports and develops motivated students for admission and future success in graduate Ph.D. programs and biomedical research. Through mentored research, an evidence-based and culturally validated curriculum, professional development and summer experiences, U-RISE scholars develop research expertise and build their scientific identity within an inclusive community. U-RISE scholars may choose from over 40 on-campus research labs within the Colleges of Health Sciences, Engineering, and Arts & Sciences to conduct research.

The U-RISE program is designed for undergraduates who are interested in research and are committed to pursuing a Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D. in biomedical-related disciplines. Current sophomores are eligible to apply and if accepted, participate in the program junior and senior years. Applications will open in December and are due mid-February. Applications from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, disadvantaged socioeconomic backgrounds, individuals with disabilities, first-generation college students, and women are especially encouraged to apply. Accepted students will be eligible to receive a tuition scholarship 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
  • Stipend >$12,000/year
  • Travel assistance for scientific conferences
  • Support to conduct summer research
  • Individualized advising
  • Support preparing and submitting graduate school applications
  • Mentored 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.

Program Requirements 

  • 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 2010)
  • Enroll in the 1.5 credit U-RISE Entering Research Seminar (BISC 3954) each semester of the 2-year program (for a total of 6 credits)
  • Conduct summer research at a T-32 or research-intensive institution
  • Participate in a 5-day summer boot camp the week before fall classes begin, junior and senior year
  • Apply to Ph.D. programs fall of senior year


  • Students finishing their sophomore year who are on track to graduate after completing the 2-year program (4 semesters, 1 summer)
  • Attend Marquette University full-time with a major in a STEM discipline
  • Minimum GPA of 2.7
  • Be a member of an underrepresented group in the biomedical sciences as defined by the NIH. This includes individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, with disabilities, and from economically disadvantaged backgrounds
  • Are citizens, noncitizen nationals or permanent residents of the United States
  • Strong commitment to entering either a Ph.D. or MD/PhD program in a biomedical discipline upon completion of the Bachelor’s degree

Virtual Info Session:

Wednesday, January 24th @ 6 p.m. via Microsoft Teams

Please feel free to reach out to Dr. Kimberly d’Anna-Hernandez (U-RISE Director) or Dr. Laurieann Klockow (U-RISE Assistant Director) to learn more about the program and/or your eligibility and fit.

To apply to the U-RISE program:

2024 U-RISE Application

Applications are due February 19 of sophomore year.

  • A completed application will include:
    • An online application form
    • Responses to 4 essay questions
    • 1 letter of recommendation*
    • Unofficial transcript

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

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

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