One West University Boulevard, Brownsville, Texas 78520 | 956-882-8200

qualifications for admission to the mbrs rise program

Prerequisites for Admission

  • Citizen or non-citizen national of the United States or permanent resident
  • Registered full-time student at UTB
  • Biology, chemistry, physics or psychology major
  • 3.0 GPA or greater for entrance and continuation in the program
  • Personal statement of less than 500 words about desire to enter into a biomedical research profession
  • Evaluation from MBRS RISE faculty mentors

*60 semester credit hours and junior status is required for full-scholar positions. Freshman and sophomore students may participate in a majority of program activities.


Application Checklist

Return the following items to the MBRS RISE Program Office, BRHP 1.113, or mail to:

One West University Boulevard
Brownsville, Texas 78520

  • Submit current up-to-date transcripts of academic work from all higher education institutions you have attended. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable.
  • A typed 500 word essay stating: Why would you like to join the MBRS RISE Program? What are your specific interests in research and the biomedical sciences? How do you look at this opportunity to pursue a doctorate in Biomedical Sciences?
  • SAT/ACT Scores, preferred but not required
  • A copy of your current degree plan, signed
  • A current photo

Once you have qualified for the MBRS RISE through your application, a representative of the program will contact you to proceed with the faculty mentor interviews.

A Final Note

Do not allow shyness or hesitation about an application prevent you from participating is this program. If you are strongly motivated to pursue a career in research and have difficulty with the personal statement or other parts of your application, see the program coordinator for advice. If a doctoral degree in biology or chemistry is your goal, our program will benefit you greatly, both in the present by allowing you to obtain valuable research experience, and in the future with admission to special off-campus undergraduate summer research programs and doctoral (Ph.D.) programs.

Additional information may be obtained from Noemi Hernandez, BRHP 1.113, or​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​


Bianca Farrell
Special Project Coordinator
Office: BRHP 1.112
Phone: 956-882-5777
Fax: 956-882-6830

Biomedical Research
and Health Professions
BRHP 2.101

Phone:  956-882-5000

Fax:  956-882-5003


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