The Undergraduate Research Training Initiative for Student Enhancement (U-RISE) is a student development program that is replacing the MARC and RISE programs at CSUN. We are inviting you to apply. Applicants who are in the last two years of their degree program and plan on pursuing a graduate program leading to the Ph.D. in the basic biomedical sciences are encouraged to apply. Students in the U-RISE program will participate in a variety of skill-building activities that are designed to make them more competitive for entry into graduate programs. Activities include completing a long-term research project (e.g. over 4 semesters and a summer leading to a senior thesis), attending and presenting at scientific conferences, and participating in professional development workshops. Please see the attached information sheet for details.


Submit your application to Dr. Maria Elena Zavala, Director U-RISE Program:

By E-MAIL (preferred method) at: csunmore(at)
(NOTE: the @ symbol has been replaced in the email address above to avoid automatic spamming)


By Regular Mail at:
Dr. Maria Elena Zavala, Director U-RISE Program
California State University, Northridge
18111 Nordhoff Street
Northridge, CA 91330-8303


The deadline for complete applications is 9:00am on February 26, 2021. Interview dates and times will be based on the number of qualified applicants, and the availability of the selection committee. Successful candidates will be notified no later than Friday March 19, 2021 (Interviews will be on March 11th or 12th, 2021).

Below are the links to more information about the program and the corresponding application forms:

U-RISE 2021 Information

U-RISE 2021 Application Form

U-RISE Confidential Reference Form