Minority Biomedical Research Support - Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (MBRS-RISE) promotes support for developing careers in biomedical applications. The RISE program is funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and is administered by program director Dr. Teresa Turner. ECS scholars supported by RISE must be interested in a career in biomedical research, work closely with faculty mentors on research projects, receive funding to work with off-island mentors during the summer and have specific responsibilities. RISE supports 10 students per academic year. Selected students are supported throughout their undergraduate years.


To be a RISE scholar, a student must have a UVI GPA of 2.7 or above. Students must also be a US citizen or permanent resident and be a full time student majoring in mathematics, chemistry, biology, marine biology, computer science, psychology, or nursing.


  • Work of up to 15 hrs/week paid at a rate of $12/hr during the academic year; 35 hrs/week during the summer
  • Work with the mentor on research project ; supplies provided
  • Travel to scientific meetings. Present at the ABRCMS conference.
  • Special workshops and help in applying to graduate schools and special summer programs
  • Funding to work with off-island mentors during the summer


Teresa Turner, PhD
College of Science and Mathematics
University of the Virgin Islands
St. Thomas, VI 00802
Email: tturner@uvi.edu
Office: 340-693-1382
Fax: 340-693-1245


STEM research programs at UVI (including MARC, RISE, HBCU-UP, SURE, and SSRI) are managed by the Emerging Caribbean Scientists (ECS) Program. ECS offers ONE convenient application (available on the ECS Homepage) for students interested in being considered for these exceptional opportunities. The online application form and all supporting materials are due each year on February 28th.