UVI Research and Technology Park

RISE Research Scholars Program

NIH LogoUVI's Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (RISE)

  • promotes support for developing careers in biomedical applications.
  • is a national program funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) through the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) Division of Training, Workforce Development, and Diversity (TWD).
  • is administered by program director Alice Stanford.
  • supports scholars interested in a career in biomedical research.
  • Click here to learn more about UVI's RISE grant.


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


  • UVI's 2021 ABRCMS Winners: UVI undergraduates Ariana Athanase (Psychology) and Esonica Charles (Biology) won awards at this national research conference in Nov, 2021. Congratulations Esonica & Ariana! Ariana Athanase & Esonica Charles won Best Poster awards at ABRCMS 2021!



Alice Stanford, PhD
Director of RISE Program
College of Science and Mathematics
University of the Virgin Islands
St. Thomas, VI 00802

Phone: 340-693-1242
Email: astanfo@uvi.edu

STEM research programs at UVI (including RISE and others) 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.