FSU~RISE Program

The Program        

A division of the Department of Biological Sciences, FSU-RISE offers opportunities for faculty, staff and students to engage in professional development and creative scientific research. The National Science Foundation (NSF) reports that racial and ethnic groups, including Blacks or African Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, American Indians or Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders, currently comprise ~39% of the college-age population, but earn only ~17% of bachelor's degrees and ~7% of the Ph.D.s in the biological sciences, and and less in other STEM fields.

The FSU-RISE Program uses a series of educational interventions with proven success to increase the number of underrepresented groups completing MS or Ph.D. degrees in STEM and the biomedical science research careers.  

To continue this mission, the FSU-RISE program seeks new applicants to train for the Fall 2018 semester. Applicants should be academically-motivated sophomores through senior biology, chemistry, mathematics, and computer science majors, who have at least a 2.8 GPA and serious about pursuing a graduate school education leading to MS or Ph. D. degrees in Biomedical Sciences upon FSU graduation.

Proven Success

With proven success in helping students achieve their career goals, more than 75% of FSU-RISE Scholars have been granted admissions to graduate study following graduation from Fayetteville State University.


For having outstanding scholarship, dedication, and program participation

Chastity Ward

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FSU Biomedical Science Summer Camp (BSSC): For Middle School (rising 6-8 graders), and for High School (rising 9-12 graders)

The Fayetteville State University 2020 Biomedical Science Summer Camp (BSSC) will be held two weeks this year.  One week for middle school, June 22-26, 2020, and one week for high school June 14-19, 2020.   The aim of the  summer camp is to enhance students'  writing, math, technology, and critical thinking skills while expanding their knowledge of biomedical sciences.  In both programs students will be involved in a full week of intensive hands-on,  enrichment and team building activities.  Additionally, the campers will enjoy a day-long field trip to learn more about the biomedical research applications of Biomedical Science.  Finally, we will access what students have learned over the week through a comprehensive examination at the end of the camp. The culmination of the camp is the Closing Ceremony, where campers will make presentations on what they learned during the week in the audience of family and friends.  The cost of the camp per student is $300 (Early Application Deadline by April 30, 2020); $350 (Regular Application Deadline:  May 1-30, 2020) and $400 (Late Deadline:  June 1-14, 2020).  All prices include the $50 application/ processing fee, which is non-refundable.  Please see attached 2020 BSSC Application. 



>> Registration Form - MIDDLE SCHOOL

>> Registration Form - HIGH SCHOOL

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Learning Engagement at an Accelerated Pace (LEAP)/Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (RISE) Program:  A residential, bridge program that prepares incoming freshmen for STEM majors by participating in intensive academic enrichment activities in the classroom and hands-on laboratory activities in Pre-Calculus, Principles of Biology, General Chemistry, English Composition I, and UNIV 110.  Brochure!!