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Welcome to U-RISE at UNF!


The UNF Undergraduate Research Training Initiative for Student Enhancement (U-RISE) is a National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded program that aims to prepare undergraduates for success in Ph.D. programs and careers in biomedical science fields. The UNF U-RISE program includes in-depth research laboratory experiences at UNF or Mayo Clinic, career development activities, outreach opportunities, and mentorship. The program is designed for UNF undergraduate Biochemistry, Biology, Biomedical Sciences, Chemistry, or Physics majors that aspire to careers in biomedical science fields. The UNF U-RISE program fosters scientific community and career development across the diverse UNF student population.  

U-RISE Research Mentors


Benefits of UNF U-RISE Fellowship

  • Scholarship support (approx. 60% of in-state tuition for 30 credits/year)
  • Monthly stipend to partially offset living expenses
  • Academic year research laboratory experience at UNF or Mayo Clinic Florida
  • Two fully financially supported summer research internships at UNF, Mayo Clinic, or other partner institutions
  • Conference travel funding
  • Professional development programming (on graduate school applications, career exploration, networking, lab safety, responsible conduct of research training, and other topics)
  • Strong community of like-minded peers and faculty at UNF and Mayo Clinic

U-RISE Fellowship Eligibility Requirements

  • UNF undergraduate with declared major in Biochemistry, Biology, Biomedical Sciences, Chemistry, or Physics
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or permanent resident
  • Minimum 3.2 GPA at UNF
  • Typical Pre-U-RISE students will apply during their first year in college and join the program at the start of their second year.

How to Apply

  • Application for 2024-205 will open April 1, 2024. They will be due on May 6, 2024.
  • Two letters of recommendation from UNF professors are required; you will provide contact information for these professors in the application.
  • Awardees for 2024-2025 announced mid June.


Direct questions about applications to: 


Upcoming Information Sessions

Join us for U-RISE Q&A and coaching on creating a successful U-RISE application! These sessions are designed for all prospective U-RISE applicants and no RSVP is needed.

Dates and locations:

First week in April 2024.


Program Leadership Team

UNF Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry

UNF Department of Biology

UNF Department of Biology

  • Evette Radisky, Co-Principal Investigator and Program Coordinator at Mayo Clinic

Mayo Clinic Department of Cancer Biology



The UNF U-RISE program is supported by the NIH National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) under Award Number T34GM145385. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.