RISE: Research Intensive Senior Experience

The RISE program is designed to allow students to have an opportunity to delve deeply into a research project over the course of a year. Students will develop a research project in conjunction with a faculty member mentor and will work on it over the course of the senior year. Mentors can be a member of the Department of Biology, or they can be a faculty member from another department (such as faculty from the Medical Center) or from another institution (such as the NIH or Smithsonian) with a Biology faculty member as a co-mentor. Research projects can be performed in the laboratory, in the field, in the classroom, on computers, or in conjunction with an internship. 

RISE and Teach is a long standing collaboration between Georgetown University science departments and the public and charter schools of the District of Columbia. Many RISE projects are continuations of tutorial research projects (BIOL-340, 3 cr, either fall or spring of junior year) and some faculty may require this. The credits for RISE will be 3-cr in both the fall and spring terms.  The course numbers for RISE are BIOL-341 in the fall and BIOL-342 in the spring. Note that all RISE Tutorial and RISE courses are by permission of instructor, so you must contact a faculty member in the Biology Department to determine s/he is willing to be your mentor.  

The expected student products have shifted from a written thesis to written manuscripts and posters, both of which are more commonly encountered in professional scientific settings. Here is an example of the formatting of the beginning of the written thesis.  We anticipate that students will be able to publish their findings, provided that the data are of high quality.

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