Hampton University URISE Program - Requirements


All URISE Scholars / Trainees will:

  1. Participate in two 10-week summer research experiences, at approved URISE extramural research institutions, beginning in the summer following the sophomore academic year.
  2. Conduct mentored research for 8-10 hours per week with an approved intramural/extramural URISE research mentor during the junior academic year.


All URISE Scholars / Trainees will:

  1. Complete the requirements for graduation with a bachelor's degree in 4 semesters following appointment to the program.
  2. Maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale for the duration of participation in the program.
  3. Meet with their assigned URISE faculty advisor at least once a month to discuss progress through the curriculum and share any concerns; meet with the URISE Director at least once a semester.
  4. Successfully complete all courses and workshops required in the URISE program curriculum.
    • BIO 105 (Intro to Biology the HONORS section);
    • CHE 201-202 (General Chemistry);
    • CHE301/302 (Organic Chemistry);
    • MAT130 or MAT151/152 (Calculus);
    • BIO 311 (Biotechnology Exploration);
    • Statistics course CSC 395, MAT 205, MAT 305, MAT 312, ESC 301-Biometry or PHA 332-Biostatistics);
    • BIO 425 (URISE Research Seminar)
  5. Other URISE Requirements:
    1. Participate in the Responsible Conduct of Research Seminar or course
    2. Participate in interactive instruction in methods for enhancing reproducibility (IMER)
    3. Participate in the URISE Journal Club in the Department of Biological Sciences during both their junior and senior years.
  6. Complete these two capstone activities below during the senior year:
    1. Write a senior thesis based on either academic year or summer research and orally defend it in the BIO 425 - URISE research seminar.
    2. Work as a teaching assistant for one semester in one of the special sections of URISE funded laboratories.


All URISE Scholars / Trainees will:

  1. Attend at least one national scientific conference during participation in the program which will be decided upon by the program director.
  2. Give a poster and/or oral presentation at least at a national scientific conference and at the HU School of Science Research Symposium.
  3. Orally defend the capstone senior thesis described above during the senior year in the BIO 425-URISE Research Seminar.

Other Activities

All URISE Scholars / Trainees will:

  1. Prepare and take the GRE test (in interested in PhD) by Sept 10th of your senior year or the MCAT (if interested in MD/PhD) by July 30th summer between the end of junior year and beginning of senior year. Share the GRE or MCAT results with the URISE Program Director.
  2. Apply to at least five biomedical related PhD (or MD/PhD) programs at competitive, research-intensive universities by no later than the fall of the senior year. Submit proof of application to Drs. Ricks-Santi or Asojo by the end of November of senior year.
  3. Notify the URISE Program Director in writing of the final decision to attend a particular graduate program by April 30th of the senior year.
  4. Matriculate into a biomedical PhD or MD/PhD program within no more than three years following completion of the bachelor's degree at HU.

Required Conduct

All URISE Scholars will:

  1. Uphold the Hampton University Code of Conduct and Dress Code during all intramural and extramural URISE program activities.
  2. Arrive on time to all URISE activities and meetings and provide documented notification in advance of absences.
  3. Respond in a timely manner to all requests made by URISE faculty and the designated URISE evaluator through email or other communication modes.

Failure to comply with any of the URISE requirements as listed in the signed URISE Scholar /Trainee Award Participation Letter during the course of matriculation in the URISE program will result in the dismissal from the URISE Program and termination of the URISE Scholar /Trainee award.