What is it?

The Retaining and Inspiring Students in Science and Engineering (RISE) program at Grand Valley State University (GVSU) is funded by the National Science Foundation’s Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (S-STEM) program. RISE provides a set of progressively increasing four-year scholarships for low-income, academically talented students who have identified an interest in pursuing a science or engineering major. RISE scholars will be engaged in a cohort with faculty mentors to provide a robust support network and experiential learning opportunities, including summer research and internships, which have been shown to improve retention and graduation rates through disciplinary socialization.

Is it for me?

The RISE program is designed to provide additional support (both financial and academic) to academically talented, low income/high financial need students interested in pursuing a STEM major. To figure out if the program is right for you, ask yourself the following questions:

  • Am I planning to be an incoming freshman at GVSU declaring a major in science*, technology, engineering or mathematics? (not medical)
  • Do I have a high school GPA that is 3.0 or above?
  • Do I have questions or concerns about going to college and how to successfully navigate this new environment?
  • Do I want to know more about what I can do with a STEM degree?

If you answered yes to those questions, then the RISE program may be just the thing for you.

In addition to progressively increasing annual scholarships for students who maintain a 2.8 GPA, the RISE program will provide you with a STEM faculty mentor who is dedicated to helping you navigate GVSU and connect you with the people and resources to help you succeed. As part of the RISE program you will be part of a small cohort of other STEM students who together engage in courses and extra-curricular activities that help you explore the many career options available in the STEM field and provide assistance with looking and applying for paid internship and research experiences.

What do I need to do to explore this opportunity?

  1. Please reach out via email to me, Dr. Tamara Coleman, Biology Instructor, at tcoleman@nmc.edu
  2. To apply for the RISE program go to myScholarships.
  3. If you meet the above criteria, we will meet virtually 7 times prior to April. I will provide mentorship and study skills, and connect you with NMC and GVSU resources and staff. We will develop a plan for your success as a student.

I will be hosting a virtual info meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 24 at 1 p.m. Please email me for the link.

I look forward to exploring this opportunity with you!blog