College of Arts and Sciences

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A program of the WIU College of Arts and Sciences that provides students with unique research and academic experiences to help them become tomorrow's leaders. 

Core Areas of RISE:

Inquiry-based learning
  • Develop hands-on research projects with one of our faculty mentors
  • Develop skills in the field of science by participating in the writing of research proposals, grants or papers
  • Participate in our seminar programs and local and visiting speakers
Academic support and learning community
  • Apply for scholarships and internships
  • Take advantage of academic advising sessions
  • Get support for your classes at tutoring and resource centers
  • Learn more about our programs
  • Participate in RISE social events
Learning and professional development
  • Present your research at local, regional or national conferences
  • Learn how to be a leader in your community
  • Become a member of our student associations and clubs
  • Participate in our workshops and special courses

What are the benefits of RISE?

  • Recognition by the Department and the College
  • Special RISE scholarships and grant opportunities
  • Preparation for graduate and professional school
  • Networking opportunities for a successful career

To be a part of RISE you need to:

  • love and enjoy science!
  • have a 2.8  minimum GPA
  • work with a faculty member on a research project
  • present your research at Departmental Research Symposiums, WIU Thomas E. Helm Undergraduate Research Day or regional, national and international meetings
  • attend department seminars
  • attend RISE meetings once a month

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