Why MBRS-RISE?3rd Symposium

The purpose of the MBRS-RISE (Minority Biomedical Research Support-Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement) Program is to enhance the research environment at minority-serving institutions. The overall goal is to increase the competitiveness and skills of  science students in pursuit of biomedical careers. The MBRS-RISE Program at the University of Puerto Rico-Humacao provides research opportunities for undergraduate minority students majoring in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, or Mathematics.
http://www.uprh.edu/rise/images/calendar.pngThis MBRS-RISE Program is designed to promote the interest of our participating students in biomedical research careers, strengthen their research skills, and prepare them for graduate school.
RISE Participants collaborate in research projects under the supervision of UPR faculty.  A monthly salary, seminars, workshops, and individual tutoring are some of the benefits that RISE students receive from their freshman to their senior year.  Overall, the MBRS-RISE's Program at the University of Puerto Rico at Humacao is a great opportunity for talented students interested in pursuing a Ph.D. in the biomedical sciences.


First Semester 2013-14 Scheduled Seminars




How to Apply?

To apply you must meet the following requirements:

- Be enrolled in the University of Puerto Rico at Humacao in one of the following programs: General Biology, Chemical Engineering, Industrial Chemistry, Industrial Engineering, Marine Biology, Computational Mathematics, Microbiology or Physics Applied to Electronics.

- Be interested in pursuing a PhD in biomedical sciences or an MD/PhD.

- Have a minimum GPA of 3.00/4.00.

- Fill out and submit a RISE application, along with two (2) letters of recommendation, and a sealed official transcript to:

Dr. Carmen J. Hernández Cruz
Departamento de Biología
Universidad de Puerto Rico
Call Box 860
Humacao, P.R. 00792

The application may also be turned in to Marilyn Guzman Morales in the Biology Department in the University of Puerto Rico at Humacao.


MBRS-RISE Application Download

Students Abstract Submission for Conference due on April 5, 2013.

Please send an email directly to

Dr. Gabriel Barletta with the information.


MBRS-RISE aims to increase the number of minority scientists who will be engaged in biomedical research.
To fulfill this purpose RISE students are trained for biomedical careers beginning their freshman year.  They become involved in research and must present their results in scientific conferences.   Moreover, prominent researchers from prestigious universities are often invited to give scientific conferences and to recruit RISE students for graduate school.  Also, RISE students participate in summer research programs outside the Island, as well as in bi-weekly seminars, workshops and in an annual biomedical symposium.