About the MII-RISE program

The UCLA Medical Imaging Informatics (MII) training program provides a summer research and graduate admission pathways program with the goal of increasing diversity among graduate students who enroll in science, engineering, and informatics programs with an emphasis on biomedical big data. The Research in Informatics Summer Experience (RISE) is an 8-week residential research-training program that offers practical experience working on challenges related to clinical big data analytics in an academic research environment and engages participants to pursue a career or advanced degree in informatics as either a practitioner or researcher who would contribute to the development, implementation, and deployment of such technologies in practice.

This program is open to undergraduate and masters students at UCLA, Charles Drew University, and Florida A&M University only. For students enrolled at Florida A&M University, the program provides a stipend and travel allowance in addition to covering room/board and program fees.

About the experience

MII-RISE provides participants with an opportunity to experience what it means to be a graduate student pursuing a career in research. The program features regular seminars on academic career opportunities, writing and research skills, practical exposure to health sciences research and medical practice, and strategies for enhancing success in applying to graduate school. Also scheduled are opportunities for informal discussion with graduate students as well as other cultural and educational activities.

Students will work with faculty and graduate student mentors on a summer research project. Projects may be derived from current funded research programs. Participants will be introduced to their faculty mentors prior to the start of the summer to discuss the nature of the work to be undertaken and to develop a schedule for future contact and project research.

To learn more about how to apply to this program, please contact Dr. William Hsu or Ms. Isabel Rippy at RISE@mii.ucla.edu.

A day in the life of a participant

  • 7-9am Breakfast
  • 9am - 4pm Independent Research
    • Mentor meetings
    • Graduate research seminars
    • Lab meetings
  • 12pm Lunch
  • 5:30pm Dinner

Weekly meetings will be scheduled with faculty mentors. Participants are also expected to interact with their graduate student mentors on a daily basis. At the end of the program, students will be required to prepare an oral presentation about research results and conclusions. A poster presentation about research results and conclusions will also be required.

Apply for Summer 2017

Applicants must be in good academic standing with a minimum GPA of 3.0. Preference will be given to undergraduate students entering their junior or senior year or students who are receiving their master's and are seeking to apply into a doctoral program.

Applicants must submit the following:

  1. The UCLA SPUR Online application form
  2. An unofficial copy of the applicant's transcript
  3. A personal statement (limit to 1,000 words) that describes the applicant's past, present, or future experiences or goals that demonstrate a commitment to research and diversity in health sciences or engineering
  4. A current resume
  5. One letter of reference from a faculty member in the sciences.

Applications for Summer 2017 are due at 11:59pm ET Friday, January 27, 2017.