The MBRS-RISE M.S. to Ph.D. Program
is a collaboration of Cal State LA with UCLA, the University
of California at Irvine (UC Irvine), the University of California,
San Diego (UC San Diego) and the University of Southern California
(USC). The program vertically integrates the M.S. at Cal State
LA in chemistry, biochemistry, biology and microbiology and psychology
with the graduate programs at the Ph.D. institutions.
MBRS-RISE M.S. to Ph.D. trains each
year a group of 20 minority students pursuing the M.S. degree
at Cal State LA, and involves them in a program designed to enhance
their academic achievement; integrate them into the broader Southern
California biomedical research community while still in their
M.S. program; expose them to a broad range of biomedical sciences
and scientists; enhance their transfer rate to Ph.D. programs;
and establish the foundation for their successful research careers
in the biomedical sciences. The key here is the active participation
by the four Ph.D. institutions, throughout the two years the
student would be in the program.
Although there are four partner Ph.D.
institutions (UCLA, UC Irvine, UC San Diego and USC), Program
graduates are not limited to these in their choice of institutions
for pursuit of the Ph.D.