Undergraduate Research Training Initiative for Student Enhancement
U-RISE@Rowan is a comprehensive NIH-funded biomedical research training program that promotes diversity, fosters community, and provides holistic support. U-RISE@Rowan research mentors include faculty from the College of Science & Mathematics, Cooper Medical School of Rowan University, Henry M. Rowan College of Engineering, and Rowan School of Osteopathic Medicine.

How to Apply

First, complete the U-RISE Initial Application by Friday, February 2, 2024 (note: you must be logged into your Rowan Google account to access the application). The program directors will contact you if they require more information. Next, if you are eligible, the directors will invite you to submit the full application.

Benefits of U-RISE

Undergraduate research student trainees engage in research, workshops, and coursework that builds their practical and professional skills from the summer after freshman year through graduation. Trainees receive financial support, including: a partial scholarship for tuition & fees; year-round stipend; health insurance; conference travel funds; and sponsored summer research at an R1 university between their junior and senior year. U-RISE Colloquia and Webinars as well as Career Development and Doing Science Right workshops are open to all interested undergraduate biomedical and STEM research students.


U-RISE@Rowan provides students with the opportunity to work directly with a preceptor. Preceptors are experienced faculty researchers who provides supervision and critical feedback for a successful learning experience. A list of preceptors, their research areas, and campus location is available here.

Eligibility Requirements

You must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident AND majoring in a STEM field AND meets any one of the following categories:
A. Individuals from racial and ethnic groups that have been shown by the National Science Foundation to be underrepresented in health-related sciences on a national basis (see data here and the report Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineering). The following racial and ethnic groups have been shown to be underrepresented in biomedical research: Blacks or African Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, American Indians or Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders.
B. Individuals with disabilities, who are defined as those with a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, as described in the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended. (See NSF data at https://www.nsf.gov/statistics/2017/nsf17310/static/data/tab7-5.pdf)
C. Individuals from economically disadvantaged backgrounds, defined as those who meet two or more of the following criteria:
  1. Were, or currently are, homeless, as defined by the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (Definition: https://nche.ed.gov/mckinney-vento/);
  2. Were, or currently are, in the foster care system, as defined by the Administration for Children and Families (Definition: https://www.acf.hhs.gov/cb/focus-areas/foster-care);
  3. Were eligible for the Federal Free and Reduced Lunch Program for two or more years (Definition: https://www.fns.usda.gov/school-meals/income-eligibility-guidelines);
  4. Have/had no parents or legal guardians who completed a bachelor’s degree (see https://nces.ed.gov/pubs2018/2018009.pdf);
  5. Were, or currently are, eligible for Federal Pell grants (Definition: https://www2.ed.gov/programs/fpg/eligibility.html);
  6. Received support from the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) as a parent or child (Definition: https://www.fns.usda.gov/wic/wic-eligibility-requirements).
  7. Grew up in one of the following areas: a) a U.S. rural area, as designated by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Rural Health Grants Eligibility Analyzer (https://data.hrsa.gov/tools/rural-health), or b) a Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services-designated Low-Income and Health Professional Shortage Areas  (qualifying zipcodes are included in the file). Only one of the two possibilities in #7 can be used as a criterion for the disadvantaged background definition.
For more information, please email the program coordinators at u-rise@rowan.edu.