The University of South Dakota Graduate Research Training Initiative for Student Enhancement (USD G-RISE) is part of the Division of Basic Biomedical Science graduate program and is funded by a grant by the National Institutes of Health. The goal of this doctoral training program is to produce a diverse pool of highly qualified, biomedical scientists that are prepared for a variety of career paths in the public and private sector.
The USD G-RISE program is supported by a grant from the National Institute of General Medical Science, T32GM-136503.
USD G-RISE applicants must be U.S. citizen, a noncitizen national of the United States or have a permanent residence at the time of appointment (see NIH Grants Policy Statement on citizenship).
- Enhance the diversity of the USD Basic Biomedical Sciences (BBS) graduate program recruiting students from non-majority groups, i.e. American Indians, African Americans, Latinos, first-generation college students, rural students and students from disadvantaged backgrounds.
- Prepare the next generation of biomedical Ph.D. students to be successful, independent scientists that are also prepared for a variety of career paths. This is accomplished by integrating traditional elements STEM graduate training, science courses and mentor-driven research, with professional development activities relevant to fields such as biotechnology, intellectual property rights, science writing and editing, and education/academia.
- Enhance the mentoring skills of the Basic Biomedical Sciences faculty, as well as staff and students, so that these mentors can carry out a more structured, but still personalized, training program for their mentees, understand how to incorporate principles of inclusive excellence into their training and prepare students for career paths that may lead to careers outside of academia.
- Active recruitment of a diverse group of student followed by a holistic application process and practices to improve retention, e.g., cultural competency training for the student and faculty, and peer mentoring for students within the training program.
- Rigorous scientific training that promotes independent thinking and hypothesis-driven research, reproducibility and responsible conduct in research.
- Development of written and oral communications skills including workshops on how to reach professional and general audiences.
- Professional development through “microcredential” classes that allow students to take graduate courses in the Beacom School of Business, Knudson School of Law, School of Education and Department of Communication Studies.
- Opportunities for internships and informational interviews.
- Opportunities for a competitive experience with the annual Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) Competition. This provides the student with a chance to communicate their research to a non-specialized audience in just three minutes.
- Three years of stipend support and tuition remission.
- Workshops aimed to promote knowledge of scientific careers outside academia and development of career-building skills.
Avery David Franzen, an alumnus of the University of South Dakota Graduate Research Training Initiative for Student Enhancement (USD G-RISE) program, recently completed his Ph.D. requirements in the joint M.D./Ph.D. program at USD.
Christa Huber, Ph.D., a graduate of the University of South Dakota’s Division of Basic Biomedical Sciences and alumna of the USD Graduate Research Training Initiative for Student Enhancement (USD G-RISE) program, recently stepped into a new role as a medical writer for Eikon Therapeutics.
Katherine Aby, a graduate student in the Division of Basic Biomedical Sciences at the University of South Dakota, has been awarded the highly coveted Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award.