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The Rise to the Challenge Bridge to Health and Bioinformatics Program continues and expands the activities of EPCC’s RISE Program, which has provided research training and supplemental instruction for EPCC science majors since April 2000. The Program is funded through a grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) under grant number T34GM151403 establishing a bridge between EPCC and UTEP. The Program has a new focus on Bioinformatics and Health Informatics.

The Goals of the Program are:

  • To expose students to the investigative nature of science by providing opportunities to conduct research individually and in the classroom
  • To expose students to exciting new fields that merge Biological, Chemical, Computer and Health Sciences, with the opportunity to earn micro-credentials and certificates as they go through the educational pipeline and enter the workforce
  • To provide student success activities including supplemental instruction and advising
  • To increase the numbers of EPCC students transferring to UTEP with the tools to succeed in college, graduate with a baccalaureate degree and pursue a biomedical research career and a PhD

The program provides paid research internships for EPCC Science majors. Rise Bridge Scholars will work in research laboratories at EPCC and UTEP, and interact with faculty at other institutions which are members of the Genomics Data Science Community Network including Johns Hopkins University.


  • Good salary (>$1,000/month) and flexible hours
  • Work at school campuses
  • Free tutors
  • Supplemental workshops and classes, micro-credentials and badges
  • Free travel to fun places
  • Meet and network with students and faculty from other colleges and universities
  • Be famous!!!


Must be enrolled full time at EPCC, majoring in science (Biology, Chemistry, Psychology, Math, Physics, or other sciences including Computer, Health, etc.), 3.0 GPA, planning to transfer to UTEP for a Baccalaureate degree, and be U.S. Citizens or permanent residents.