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 The U-RISE at Nova Southeastern University (U-RISE@NSU) program focuses on collaborative approaches to treat chronic diseases and develops undergraduate students intending to pursue a PhD or MD/PhD in STEM disciplines related to the Biomedical Sciences or Health. 

This NIH-funded program provides an intensive research experience for highly motivated and high-achieving undergraduate students through two years of research in a lab, special courses, and additional career development trainings. Further, the program provides funds for living expenses and tuition. This program is highly competitive and is aimed at students in disciplines such as Chemistry, Biology, Psychology, Computer Science, and Engineering, though other disciplines may fit as well. 

For more information, you can visit the FAQs or contact Bryanna Suarez (Program Administrator) at

The application for the 2024-2026 Cohort is now closed. Thank you to those who have applied, we are actively reviewing applicants.

Academically motivated students are encouraged to apply. This application will be reviewed by a faculty committee. In addition, applicants must be Juniors at the beginning of the 2025-2026 academic year and enrolled at NSU.

Applications are reviewed on a continuing basis once the application period opens. Applications must be received no later than TBD 2025. If you qualify for the program you may be invited to interview for a trainee position by email. Prior to an interview, a request for additional information may be made.

  • This is a 2-year program (running Summer 2025 through Winter 2027)
  • Minimum of 10 hours per week in a research lab
  • Summer research experience external to NSU (program organizers will arrange)
  • Special courses and career development
  • Up to $16,000 in tuition support
  • Annual stipend of $14,340
  • 2 years engaging in hands-on research with talented faculty mentors and a cohort of other talented students
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