Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement


EPCC’s Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (RISE) to the Challenge Program is funded by a grant from the RISE Program at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The RISE to the Challenge Program consists of Student, Faculty and Community Development Activities.

All activities are aimed at providing underrepresented students with the tools to succeed in college and pursue a biomedical research career and a Ph.D.

Once accepted into the program, students will be paid to work in a biomedical research laboratory at EPCC or other local research institutions including UTEP, and Texas A&M.


  • Good salary and flexible hours
  • Work at school campuses
  • Free tutors
  • Supplemental workshops and classes
  • Free travel to fun places
  • Meet students and faculty from other schools
  • Be famous!!! (TV, Newspaper articles)

 Biomedical Seminars

Students will attend biomedical seminars. These seminars will be held at EPCC, UTEP, Texas A&M, or NMSU. Each seminar will be followed by an informal discussion of the information presented.



Selection into this program will be based on the applicant’s academic qualifications (GPA >3.0), financial need, and applicants’ motivation to pursue a career in the biomedical field.

RISE students must be science majors enrolled at EPCC fulltime (12 credit hours), and maintain a GPA greater than 3.0 to be accepted and remain in the program.

RISE students must participate in and successfully complete all RISE activities in order to stay in the program. Once accepted, students will be placed in a research laboratory to participate in a research project supervised by a faculty mentor. Students can expect to:

  • Interact with advanced students and scientists
  • Familiarize themselves with a research environment
  • Learn from peers what it takes to succeed in a university setting
  • Understand what it takes to carry out a successful research project
  • Learn the basics in laboratory techniques, safety procedures, and ethical practices
  • Participate in biomedical research seminars and workshops
  • Present their research projects at national scientific meetings

 Contact Us

For more information and to apply contact:


Dr. Maria Alvarez

(915) 831-5074


Joe Mendoza

(915) 831-5079