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URISE: University of Richmond Integrated Science Experience

URISE is a pre-first year program which aims to increase the number of students from groups traditionally underrepresented in science and math disciplines. It achieves this objective by focusing on skill development, providing authentic research experiences, and building a community of support for the 20 students who currently participate in the program each summer.

To be eligible a student must be passionate about science and interested in a research-based, interdisciplinary approach to their introductory science courses. Through a competitive process, 20 students per year will be chosen as URISE scholars, based on their ability to demonstrate a strong interest in science and math and their potential for success in the URISE program. This program is ideal for students considering science majors, including those interested in biomedical research.

Defining features include:

  • A 2.5 week paid pre-first-year summer experience that includes participation in a faculty and peer mentored scientific research project as well as numerous team- and skill-building activities;
  • Four units of thematically based integrated science/math in the first year, in the science, math and research training (SMART) courses;
  • Close faculty and peer mentoring;
  • Eligibility for a paid summer research experience the summer after the first year

Students will receive a small monetary stipend. The URISE program will also cover the entire cost of on-campus housing, meals, and campus activities during the week and off-campus excursion on the weekends.

Summer 2021 Sessions

URISE will offer two sessions this summer.

Session I: June 14–30
Session II: July 5–21

Apply to URISE

The application for the 2021-2022 academic year is now live! The application deadline is Friday, May 7, 2021. To complete the URISE application, you will need your Spider Portal login information. If you need assistance with accessing your portal, please contact the Office of Admission at (804) 289-8640.

Another Integrated Inclusive Science Program

Students who are accepted to the URISE program will join the Science, Math, and Research Training (SMART) course during their first year. SMART is also available for other interested students to participate in.

Learn more about Science Math and Research Training (SMART)



of URISE students conduct summer research after their first year.
of URISE students from first two cohorts have declared STEM majors