Undergraduate Research Training 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 National Institutes of Health (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.


Students majoring in anthropology, biology, biochemistry, chemistry, chemical engineering, mathematics, physics, and psychology are eligible to apply for the URISE Alaska program in spring of their freshman year.

Selection Criteria

The URISE Program Steering Committee will 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 3.3
  5. Submission of two letters of recommendation

For more information contact Lori Gildehaus, lagildehaus@alaska.edu, 907-4745788. 

Current URISE Scholars