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Enhancing Biomedical Sciences and Biomedical Engineering in Science and Technology. This program is a joint venture between the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Engineering at the University of Puerto Rico-Mayagüez (UPRM). This research training program is supported by grant NIH-R25GM088023 from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences.
The RISE-2-BEST program seeks to increase the number of minorities pursuing and completing doctoral degrees in biomedical sciences and biomedical engineering. The program targets science and engineering undergraduate, masters and doctoral students engaged in biomedical sciences or biomedical engineering research. By offering tailored educational and research activities, the program is designed to broaden and enhance the participant's skills, so as to make them more competitive when applying to a PhD program. For students already enrolled in a PhD program at UPRM, the program focuses on providing the necessary skills and resources to complete their degrees and pursue research careers in biomedical engineering or biomedical sciences.
The program provides students adequate financial support to participate in a competitive research environment. Participating RISE students will benefit from on-campus experiences at the laboratories of competitive research mentors, in areas such as biomaterials, medical devices, drug delivery, biosensing, neuroscience, nanomedicine, and molecular and cellular biology. Training in issues related to a responsible conduct of research and off-campus research opportunities will also be provided.