Undergraduate Research Programs

Research by Undergraduates Using Molecular Biology Applications (RUMBA)

Directors: Julio Soto and Miri VanHoven

The RUMBA Program is a National Science Foundation supported 10-week summer research program focused on molecular biology applications. During this program undergraduate students will gain hands-on experience in an SJSU research laboratory. Both SJSU and non-SJSU students are eligible for this program and applications from students in groups traditionally underrepresented in science are strongly encouraged to apply.

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

Director: Cleber Ouverney

The MARC U-STAR program is a National Institutes of Health (NIH) research training program for honors junior and senior level undergraduate students. The program is designed to increase the number of individuals from groups that are underrepresented in biomedical sciences by preparing students for high-caliber graduate training at the Ph.D. level.

Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement Program (RISE), Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP), CoSRaTS

Director: Dr. Karen Singmaster
The RISE Program aims to help reduce the existing gap in completion of Ph.D. degrees between underrepresented and non-underrepresented students. The RISE Program Director is Dr. Karen Singmaster in the Chemistry Department. Dr. Singmaster runs additional programs to support STEM students, primarily targeted to students from underrepresented groups and those eligible for need based financial aid. Contact Dr. Singmaster (ksingmaster@jupiter.sjsu.edu) to see if you qualify.

McNair Scholars Program

Director: Dr. Maria Elena Cruz

The Ronald E. McNair Post Baccalaureate Achievement Program at San Jose State University (SJSU) is an exciting effort designed to encourage low income individuals who are first generation college students and / or underrepresented in graduate education to pursue doctoral study. The McNair Program, funded by the U.S. Department of Education, proposes to motivate and prepare promising undergraduate students for graduate study. Named for the Challenger space shuttle crew member, the Ronald E. McNair Program serves as a living memorial to a man who overcame seemingly insurmountable odds to be awarded his Ph.D. in physics and later, to realize his dream of becoming an astronaut for NASA.