Medgar Evers College Wins $2.2 Million NIH RISE Grant

Medgar Evers College (MEC) is pleased to announce that Dr. Moshin Patwary, Professor of Biology and Dean of the School of Science Health and Technology (SSHT), and Dr. Alam Nur-e-Kamal, Professor of Biology, were awarded a five-year $2.2 million National Institutes of Health(NIH) Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (RISE) Grant. This NIH grant is the single largest student research training grant that the SSHT has ever received and MEC is now part of an exclusive group of CUNY colleges to receive this prestigious award.

The goal of the RISE Program is to increase the number of students from underrepresented groups in biomedical and behavioral research who successfully complete the Ph.D. degree in these fields. Dean Patwary is the Principal Investigator (PI) and Dr. Kamal is the Co-PI for this grant.

The RISE grant at Medgar Evers College will provide multi-year mentored research experiences and support in the biomedical sciences each year for 16 MEC undergraduate MBRS-RISE Scholars. The expected outcomes include at least 75% of supported scholars advancing to doctoral study in the biomedical sciences within three years of graduation, with a completion rate of at least 80%.  In addition, the RISE grant will serve to accelerate MEC’s strategic plan by enhancing the College’s research environment over the next five years. This in turn will increase science enrollment, retention and graduation rates.

MEC has embarked on an innovative and substantial collaboration with the School of Graduate Studies, State University of New York (SUNY) Downstate Medical Center located within 2 miles of the College.  This institutional collaborationwill enhance the research capacity and learning/training environment at MEC through the forging of inter-institutional faculty research collaborations, and the provision of mentored research training for MEC-RISE students. The SUNY Downstate research faculty will also be invited to participate in RISE-related activities, including the MEC lecture series, facilitating courses and workshops in areas such as the responsible conduct of research as well as developing MEC’s research capacity through collaborations with MEC faculty.

RISE Scholars will participate in academic year and summer research internships with a research mentor in research active laboratories at MEC, SUNY Downstate Medical Center and a several other research labs that have agreed to host MEC-RISE students.  The NIH RISE grant will fund student salaries and travel expenses to attend scientific conferences.

Along with the foundation of the MEC School of Science and Technology’s current research infrastructure, attaining RISE with will lead the College to gaining well prepared science students and actualize the College’s motto of Courage, Strength and Fortitude.

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Contact:  Jamilah Fraser
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About Medgar Evers College

Located in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, Medgar Evers College is a growing institution offering both Associate and Baccalaureate degrees.  The nearly 7,000-member student body is primarily comprised of those who are the first in their families to attend college.  A senior college within The City University of New York (CUNY) system, Medgar Evers College was established in 1970 with a mandate to meet the educational and social needs of the Central Brooklyn community.  With a commitment to students who desire a sound academic foundation as well as an opportunity for personal development, Medgar Evers College seeks to provide high-quality, professional, career-oriented undergraduate degree programs in the context of a liberal arts education.  For more information, visit