UVI Research and Technology Park

U-RISE Research Traineeship

The Undergraduate Research Training Initiative for Student Enhancement (U-RISE) program promotes excellence in careers leading to a Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences, including Biology, Psychology, Social Science, Physics, Nursing, Computers Science, Mathematics and Marine Biology.


About U-RISE:

The U-RISE program is funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and is administered by program director Dr. Alice Stanford.  ECS scholars supported by U-RISE are interested in a career in biomedical research, work closely with faculty mentors on research projects, participate in research over the summer, and have specific responsibilities. The U-RISE program supports 13 UVI students (sophomores, juniors & seniors). Each year, during the call for ECS applications, new sophomore and junior trainees are selected from the applicant pool.


To be a U-RISE scholar, each student must complete the ECS Application in February. Students must also be a US citizen or permanent resident, and must be a full time student pursuing a bachelor's degree with a major in mathematics, chemistry, biology, marine biology, nursing, physics, social science, computer science, or psychology. U-RISE is an honors program and scholars follow a strict curriculum.


  • 60% of tuition and fees paid
  • Stipend of $1195/month
  • Work with the mentor on research project; supplies provided
  • Travel to scientific meeting. U-RISE Scholars present annually at ABRCMS.
  • Funding to participate in off island summer research opportunities
  • Special workshops and help in applying to graduate schools and special summer programs


Alice Stanford, PhD
College of Science and Mathematics
University of the Virgin Islands
St. Thomas, VI 00802
Email: astanfo@uvi.edu


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.