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Eligibility for Summer 2024

  • U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or eligible to work in the U.S. (For NSF REUs and some other grant-funded RISE partners, only citizens or permanent residents are eligible.)

  • Interest in considering a future PhD program

  • Completion of at least the sophomore year by June 2024. Occasionally, we consider current first-years with extraordinary credentials.

  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 (on 4.0 scale). Admission is highly selective, and successful applicants typically have excellent academic records.

   We particularly encourage:

  • Groups underrepresented in their fields of study

  • Students from economically/educationally disadvantaged backgrounds

  • First generation to attend college

  • Students attending predominantly undergraduate institutions with limited research opportunities

  • Non-traditional students

  • Individuals who have faced life challenges

RISE has rolling admissions. Acceptance is highly competitive, and early applications (February 1) receive priority review.


November 1 – Application site opens

January – Early application review starts

Early February –  Initial offers extended

February to March – Admission continues until all places are filled, typically mid March


*Only complete applications, including personal statement and 2 recommendations, are reviewed.

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