Minority Biomedical Research Support MBRS

". . . . . . promoting excellence in the biomedical sciences . . . . . "

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The Chicago State University MBRS Programs support student training in the biomedical sciences and faculty research.

bullet pointResearch Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (RISE) is a student research training program designed to provide expanded opportunities for undergraduates majoring in biology, chemistry or physics to prepare for doctoral-level work.

bullet point Support of Competitive Research (SCORE) is a program to enhance the biomedical research capabilities of the university  by support of faculty research.

For answers to frequently-asked questions ("FAQ") about the Chicago State University RISE biomedical training program, click here. If you are interested in applying to be part of the RISE Program, please download and print the RISE Student Employment Form, complete it and drop it off at the MBRS Office (room SCI-222).  The Program Director will contact you and make an appointment to discuss your eligibility to participate in the program.

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Applications are now being accepted for next summer's TILT workshopwhich starts May 27, 2014. (Please note the changed start date from that previously advertised.) Students interested in participating in this summer's TILT should download and complete the APPLICATION FORM and bring it to the MBRS Office, room SCI-222. An interview will be arranged at a mutually agreeable time to discuss joining the RISE program. Participation in TILT is open to full-time CSU undergraduates majoring in one of the STEM disciplines. For additional requirements, please refer to the TILT webpage.

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Summer 2013 TILT student group


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Deadlines are approaching for applications for summer research internships at research--intensive universities. RISE students who have completed a year or more of research at CSU should be applying for these experiences for the coming summer. A listing of opportunities in the Chicago area, the Mid-West region and nationwide may be found on the RISE Program summer research bulletin board.


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As a measure of the scientific impactof the CSU MBRS-RISE Program, publications authored or co-authored by program alumni in peer-reviewed scientific journals now exceed the 100 milestone.

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Click here for a complete listing of publication citations.


Congratulations to eleven CSU MBRS Programs alumni awarded Ph.D. degrees during the past two years (2011 - 2013):

Geraldine Cochran, Ph.D. in physics education research, Florida International University

Alfred Diggs, Ph.D. in biological engineering, Purdue University
Valerie Goss, Ph.D. in chemistry & nanomaterials, University of Notre Dame

Pablo E. Guzman, Ph.D. in organic chemistry, Emory University
Tyvette Hilliard, PhD in medicinal chemistry, University of Illinois at Chicago
Nicole Jones, Ph.D. in biological sciences, University of Illinois at Urban-Champaign

Diana Mayweather, Ph.D. in biochemistry, Northwestern University

Diana Monsivais, Ph.D. in biological sciences, Northwestern University
George Pates, Ph.D. in analytical chemistry, Purdue University
Juan Reyes, Ph.D. in biological sciences, Northwestern University
Stephen Smith, Ph.D. in chemistry, Northwestern University

* This brings the total MBRS alumni awarded the Ph.D. degree in one of the biomedical sciences to 23. For a full list , please click here.


Congratulations to RISE scholar Aaron Thompson, co-author of award-winning Best Undergraduate poster "New Receptors for Serum Amyloid A'" presented at the American Association of Immunologists 42nd Annual Autumn Immunology Conference in downtown Chicago, November 22-25, 2013. Aaron's research was carried out under the guidance of biology professor Dr. Rong Lucy He.

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Thirteen CSU RISE students attended the 13th Annual Biomedical Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) held in Nashville, TN, November 12-16, 2013. They made 12 research presentations at the conference in wide scientific disciplines including biochemistry, physical chemistry, nanostructures, and molecular and cell biology.

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were featured at the Indianapolis, IN, October 1 -4.

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TNational Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). SCORE faculty research projects are authorized for funding through 2015 and the RISE Program is funded through 2017.

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bullet point This website is maintained by Dr. Warren Sherman. If you have comments, or if you would like more information about the CSU MBRS Programs, contact program staff at wsherman@csu.edu

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Site updated 02/13/14