Department of Biological Sciences
A program of the WIU Department of Biological Sciences that provides students with unique research and academic experiences to help them become tomorrow's leaders.
There are three core areas of RISE:
- Develop a hands-on research project with one of our faculty mentors.
- Experience field work, internships, and outdoor classrooms at our field station.
- Participate in our seminar program and local and visiting speakers.
Academic support and learning community
- Apply for scholarships.
- Take advantage of academic advising sessions.
- Get support for your classes at the Biology Assistance Center (BAC).
- Learn more about our programs.
- Participate in RISE social activities.
Learning and professional development
- Present your research at local or national meetings.
- Learn how to be a leader in your community.
- Become a member of our biology student associations and clubs.
- Participate in our workshops and special courses.
What are the benefits of RISE?
- Provides a new dimension to your college experience at WIU!
- Recognition by the Department and the College at the Biology Research Symposium (must be part of RISE for at least one year)
- Special scholarships and grant opportunities.
- Preparation for graduate and professional school.
- Networking opportunities for jobs.
To be a RISE student, 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 the Biology Research Symposium, WIU Thomas E. Helm Undergraduate Research Day or regional, national, and international meetings.
- attend department seminars.
- attend RISE meetings once a month.
For more information about becoming a RISE student, please contact:
Dr. Andrea Porras-Alfaro
Phone: (309) 298-1267
Office: Waggoner 287
Fall 2014 RISE students