Recruitment for the RISE and Bridge Program is Open

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By Janice Mendez

Lawrence, KS – Recruitment opportunities for students pursuing research initiatives for scientific enhancement (RISE) and enter the Bridge program at Kansas University will be open until the middle of February 2012.

Becky Welton, staff/teacher in the RISE lab, held a seminar in November informing students about the RISE and Bridge programs, and Dr. James Orr, Principal Investigator for Bridge & Director for the Office for Diversity in Science Training at KU conducted a Responsible Conduct of Research training module for our current RISE and Bridge scholars.

Currently, Haskell has 16 scholars in the Bridge/RISE program. At the Responsible Conduct of Research training module they learned about misconduct and the”FFP’s” fabrication, falsification and plagiarism. Maintaining academic integrity means no cheating, no plagiarism or assisting others in such acts.

Jessica Rodriguez said, “I have been in the program for a year and a half and I like it. There is a plethora of support to help us students enter the research field. Furthermore, the advisors want us to succeed so assistance is there to go on to graduate school.”

Academically, Haskell students must have a desired GPA of 2.5 or better, taken Chemistry I and a gateway course Biology 121. Students must take a minimum of 15 credit hours per semester; submit current transcript and official schedule each semester.

Research requirements are developing professional relationships with a KU mentor, creating a research project, raw data collection, producing a scientific poster and present it at public forums and at a professional conference, and participate in summer research experiences for undergraduates.

The professional community development portion is to maintain a positive social standing, participate in related social/professional groups such as: the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS), American Indian Science & Engineering Science (AISES), etc., and register for the SACNAS conference. Students must also participate in community outreach such as: SACNAS activities or other service opportunities and provide program evaluations.

“The Bridge program is extremely helpful with guidance for graduate school opportunities,” stated Ashley Stiffarm, “I have been in the program for two years now.”

Since 1998, Marigold Linton, director for American Indian outreach in the Office for Diversity in Science Training at the University of Kansas, is Cahuilla-Cupeno and an enrolled member of the Morongo Band of Mission Indians, preserves the KU/Haskell relationship in moving this outstanding science program forward each year to benefit Haskell science scholars.

In January this year, Dr. Linton, one of 11 recipients, received a Presidential Award from President Obama for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring.

In a KU News Release, “These individuals and organizations have gone above and beyond the call of duty to ensure that the United States remains on the cutting edge of science and engineering for years to come,” Obama said. “Their devotion to the educational enrichment and personal growth of their students is remarkable, and these awards represent just a small token of our enormous gratitude.”

“It’s terrifically exciting,” Linton said. “I look forward to the recognition for our KU-Haskell program. I see it as an award for all of us in the Office for Diversity in Science Training, especially Dr. James Orr and Dr. Estela Gavosto and our Haskell partners.” (KU News Release, Jan. 21, 2011)

For more information on the Bridge/RISE programs contact Becky Welton in Room 133 at Ross Hall. Her office hours are 8:30 to 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday in the RISE computer lab phone 785-832-6640 or by email: bkwelton@haskell.edu.