The Detroit Mercy I-RISE with U-RISE Program supported by the National Institutes of Health will recruit and train a diverse group of undergraduate students so that they may go on to pursue postgraduate education and careers in biomedical sciences by integrating research training, authentic research experiences, and intensive student success initiatives throughout students’ undergraduate careers. We seek to enhance research training of Detroit Mercy students through early introduction to and continued training in research practices, immersion in culturally responsive mentored research experiences, and repeated interaction with and exposure to diverse scientific communities through activities such as research experiences, career panels, and conferences. 

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    Scholar Support

    Scholar Support

    • Tuition support for fall and winter semesters ($16,000 total per year) at Detroit Mercy (for up to three academic years) 
    • A generous stipend of $14,340 per year  
    • Support for summer research experiences ($3,500) when performing external research  
    • Faculty research mentor/preceptor  
    • Travel funds ($1000 per year) to attend and present research at approved scientific meetings  
    • Personalized academic advising and career advising support  
    • Required courses in Research Skills Development; Scientific Writing; and Research Ethics and Integrity  
    • Peer mentoring, seminars, and various activities  
    • Assistance and guidance in applying to graduate school  

    Note: Student payments and other benefits from participating in this program may have income tax obligations. For more information, please consult a tax professional and/or the IRS. You may also wish to review IRS Publication 970, “Tax Benefits for Education.  




    Students are eligible to apply to the I-RISE with U-RISE Program if they:  

    • Attend the University of Detroit Mercy as a full-time student in the fall term that they begin the I-RISE with U-RISE program
    • Are enrolled in a major related to the biomedical sciences (such as Biology, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Psychology, and Biomedical Engineering)  
    • Have three years left in their degree program (preferred)
    • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher (on a 4.0 scale)  
    • Plan to pursue a Ph.D. and a career in biomedical or behavioral research  
    • Demonstrate an interest in the diversification of the biomedical research workforce  
    • Are citizens or permanent residents of the United States  
    • Agree to fulfill all program requirements including a sustained research project with an approved preceptor from the University of Detroit Mercy or another approved local research facility throughout the academic year  

    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 zip codes are included in the file). Only one of the two possibilities in #7 can be used as a criterion for the disadvantaged background definition.