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Application to the MBRS-RISE MS-to-PhD Program

Interested students will be required to submit an application form and three letters of recommendation from college or university science faculty. Online forms are available at MBRS-RISE M.S.-to-Ph.D Program Application Form and Letter of reccommendation.*

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MBRS-RISE Graduate Scholar Selection Criteria:

The MBRS-RISE M.S.-to-Ph.D. Program Advisory Committee will evaluate the applications of candidates and three letters of recommendation. Students must enroll in M.S. programs at Cal State LA in disciplines useful to biomedical research (chemistry, biochemistry, biophysics, biology, microbiology, mathematics, or related fields). In addition, students must have:

  • demonstrated solid academic ability in undergraduate course work in biomedically related fields. A minimum of 2.7 grade point average (and potential to achieve considerably higher) in an undergraduate science major and strong letters of recommendation from undergraduate college or university faculty are regarded as indicating a student of high ability. It is expected that students will complete the M.S. program with at least a 3.3. grade point average. Students with lower GPA's but with great potential for success in a research career are also encouraged to apply.
  • shown a desire to do independent research, as evidenced through participation in activities such as undergraduate or industrial research, or other experience.
  • demonstrated a commitment to pursuing graduate education to the Ph.D. in a science useful in biomedical research after completing the M.S.
  • either U.S. citizenship or legal permanent residency.

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Students considered to be qualified for the program will be interviewed by the M.S.-to-Ph.D. Program Advisory Committee, which includes representatives from Cal State LA, UCLA, UC San Diego, UC Irvine and the U. of Southern California. The Committee will then make the final determination on student admission to the program, and communicate their decision to the applicant.

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