Research at FIU

Participating in research at FIU in the laboratory of a faculty member will require a significant amount of leg work. By visiting with individual faculty members students will learn about resarch opportunities and requirements. FIU has a number of organized programs that support students conducting research:

MBRS - RISE (Minority Biomedical Research Support - Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement)

  • Director: Dr. Charles Bigger

The FIU MBRS RISE program provides graduate and undergraduate students pay for a yearlong work obligation in a laboratory conducting biomedical research. In addition, funds are available for the MBRS RISE fellows to attend scientific meetings and print scientific posters. The program also provides tuition for graduate fellows. Other training includes participation in special skills workshops, academic advisement and in the annual MARC U*STAR & MBRS RISE Mini-Symposium.


MARC-U STAR (Minority Access to Research Careers - Undergraduate Student Training in Academic Research)

  • Director: Dr. Ophelia I. Weeks

The FIU MARC U*STAR Program provides involvement in activities that contribute to developing a culture of inquiry and to exploring ideas in science and technology. The program provides access to personal mentoring and increased exposure to good biomedical science and the thrill of research. In essence, FIU's MARC U*STAR Program presents the promising underrepresented minorities with a career option in biomedical research that they may never have otherwise considered. In addition, these students are provided with the skills and guidance that allow them to be successful in biomedical research.


FIU Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program

  • Director: Dr. E. George Simms

This program emphasizes support of juniors and seniors who are committed to pursuing a career in science, engineering or technology. Students accepted in this program receive financial support for their education and to conduct research with a faculty member.