Honors Scholarships and Grants


Undergraduate Research Initiative for Student Enhancement (URISE) program at the University of Alaska Fairbanks is a scholarship program funded by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) at the NIH. The goal of the URISE program is to increase the number of well-prepared underrepresented (UR) students who matriculate into high caliber Ph.D. or combined M.D.-Ph.D. programs in the biomedical sciences and eventually go on to research careers. This program addresses the need to reduce the disparity in the number of individuals from underrepresented backgrounds in biomedical research careers.

The long-term goal of this program at UAF is to prepare graduates to be leaders in biomedical research by improving their preparedness for Ph.D. programs. This program is specifically designed for sophomore who students who are interested in learning about research careers and in becoming academically prepared for them. During the scholarship, URISE scholars receive partial tuition and fees support as well as a generous monthly stipend. The URISE scholarship also cover in part the students' participation in research experiences in funded laboratories and/or at scientific conferences.



Students majoring in biology, biochemistry, chemistry, chemical engineering, mathematics, physics, and psychology are eligible to apply for the U-RISE Alaska program. Each year interested students will apply during the spring semester of their sophomore year. The URISE Program Steering Committee will then select applicants to participate in the program based on the criteria below:

  1. Strong commitment to matriculation into either a PhD or MD/PhD program in biomedical sciences upon completion of the Bachelor degree and strong commitment to a research career in biomedical sciences.
  2. U.S. citizen, noncitizen national or permanent resident.
  3. Full-time sophomore with selected major
  4. Overall GPA of at least 3.0
  5. Submission of two letters of recommendation