UPRISE Medical Sciences student Afra Rahman works in Dr. Karthick Chella-Krishnan’s lab.

UC UPRISE: University of Cincinnati Undergraduates Pursuing Research in Science and Engineering

Do you have a passion for STEMM research and for making meaningful contributions to underserved communities? If so, the UPRISE program was designed with you in mind. 

The UPRISE program integrates mentored research experiences with comprehensive professional development, that focuses on research, leadership, and advocating for diversity in the STEMM disciplines. Participants will engage in hands-on research projects guided by experienced mentors while also gaining insight into the critical need for diversity in STEMM. Our program is designed to not only nurture the intellectual growth of students through impactful research experiences but also equip them with the tools to actively contribute to increasing the pipeline of individuals from underserved communities into the STEMM fields. Through mentorship, immersive research endeavors, and targeted professional development opportunities, UPRISE endeavors to empower students to persist in the STEMM fields and champion inclusivity and bridge the gap in STEMM representation, fostering a new generation of diverse and dedicated contributors to scientific and technological advancements.


TThe UPRISE program consists of a 12-week summer research opportunity, during which students develop their research and analytical skills investigating a specific scientific question that is supervised by a faculty mentor.  Students will also meet weekly for professionalization workshops on topics designed to help them succeed in STEMM fields, while also empowering them to become advocates for inclusion in STEMM through research and technology. Workshop topics include discussions on how to apply to graduate and medical school, the importance of diversity in the STEMM fields, effective science communication, and how to overcome barriers to success in the STEMM fields. At the conclusion of the program, students present their research to the university community, and they are encouraged to present their research at national and international conferences.

By fostering a connection between research and the societal issues faced by underserved communities, our program aims to both solve immediate problems and contribute to the long-term goal of increasing the representation of individuals from these communities in STEMM fields. UPRISE students receive a $6,000 stipend, distributed over six biweekly payments.

The University of Cincinnati does not discriminate on the basis of disability, race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, parental status (including status as a foster parent), sex, age, sexual orientation, veteran status, military status (past, present, or future), or gender identity and expression in its programs and activities.

Questions? Contact Us

Headshot of Tiffany J. Grant, PhD, CDE®

Tiffany J. Grant, PhD, CDE®

UPRISE Director

(513) 558-9153