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Spelman College Graduates



  • Paid undergraduate research during the academic year
  • Paid summer research in Atlanta area or other approved institutions
  • Travel to conferences
  • Graduate school application assistance
  • Seminars and Open Forums with research scientists

The NIGMS RISE (Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement) program supports student research activities at the sophomore, junior, and senior academic levels. Students receive financial benefits, as well as professional experience and training that will assist them in entering and succeeding in graduate school.

Academic Development Program

  • Laboratory Research 10 hours/week per semester
  • Funding for a scientific conference
  • Salary: $2000/ semester
  • CSI Course 3hrs. per week

Conference Attendance
All RISE participants receive full funding to attend a scientific conference, annually. RISE will pay for airfare (round trip), accommodations (sharing, if possible will be required), conference registration, per diem (generally a flat rate $ 35/ day for food when it is not provided at conference) and other travel related to attending the conference.

Professional Development

  • RISE Open Forum’s and Seminars
  • Attend one scientific conference per year
  • Participation in Research Day

Summer Development Program

  • 40 hours/ week for 8 weeks
  • Salary: $4800

Summer Training Program

  • 40 hours/ week for 6 weeks
  • Salary: $3600