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U-RISE Trainees complete coursework and participate in activities that are designed to enhance their educational experience and improve their chance of gaining admission into premiere doctoral programs. U-RISE Trainees are from several different disciplines, but all strive for an understanding of basic biological concepts and how their field intersects with the biological or behavioral sciences.

The major program activities in Fall 2022:


Spring 2023 Professional Development Workshops will take place on Tuesdays in the New Education Building, ED2 1109 (unless explicitly indicated in the table below), at 12:30-1:20 p.m. Details are as follows:

Month Date Workshop
January 10

Welcome back with lunch for the Trainees. Mandatory for all trainees.


Library session for the U-RISE trainees: Dorothy C. Lockaby, Head of Liaison Services, Old Dominion University Libraries. Mandatory for all trainees.
24 Graduate School interviewing skills, advice, practice. Mandatory for seniors.
February 07 Preparing your U-RISE application (only for Pre- U-RISE students)
14 Writing a scientific manuscript for submission to a peer-reviewed journal (including SciFinder, PubMed, Web of Science, EndNote, and examples of how to write an abstract). This is mandatory for juniors and pre- U-RISE trainees. The seniors are welcome to attend!
21 RCR: Mentor/Mentee Relationships, including conflict resolution. Prof. Wayne Hynes. Mandatory for all trainees.
March 14

Equilibrium discussions:

  • Time management as a professional and a student
  • Etiquette as a researcher, now and in the future
  • Mentor-Mentee relationships (conflict resolution)
  • Reproducibility, replication, and your lab notebook

Tentative speakers: Three faculty mentors, an invited former MARC trainee (Jade Smith), and Prof. Desh Ranjan. Mandatory for all trainees.

21 RCR: RCR workshop about Informed Consent. Mandatory for all trainees.
April 04 Careers in biomedical research and Applications of your discipline in biomedical research. Mandatory for all trainees.
11 Research: Networking for your career and in your professional society. Mandatory for all trainees.
18 Life as a graduate student. Dr. Gymama Slaughter, Director ODU's NIH-funded G-RISE program. Mandatory for all trainees.


Information about U-RISE mandatory seminars is as follows. Additional details will be posted here once they are defined.

Chemistry & Biochemistry seminars on Fridays are in the Planetarium of the New Chemistry & Biochemistry Bldg. from 3:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. On Thursdays they are at the same location from 12:20 pm until 1:30 pm.

Date Department Speaker and affiliation Title
Friday 02/10 Chemistry & Biochemistry Prof. Arthur D. Tinoco, UPR, Río Piedras Using a transmetalative anticancer approach to inhibit ribonucleotide reductase with Titanium(IV) compounds of chemical transferrin mimetic ligands
Thursday 02/23 Chemistry & Biochemistry Prof. Sonia Peter, NGO, Barbados Flavonoids and Flavonoid Glycosides from Lamiaceae Species and the Link to the Traditional Management of the Inflammatory Response
Friday 02/24 Chemistry & Biochemistry Prof. Donna J. Nelson, University of Oklahoma My Experiences as Science Advisor for the Television Show Breaking Bad
Friday 03/24 Biological Sciences Dr. Luis Hernandez, UPR, Mayaguez A day at the beach with my friend the Enterococci
Thursday 03/30 Psychology Dr. Kristin Bernard, Stony Brook University Empowering Parents to Promote Child Well-being: Integrating Neurobiological & Neighborhood-level Approaches
Friday 04/07 U-RISE Trainees only Dr. Erika Brown, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth N/A. Networking meeting with the Trainees.
Thursday 04/13 Chemistry & Biochemistry Dr. Christian Goldsmith, Auburn University Using Interdisciplinary Chemistry to Detect and Degrade Reactive Oxygen Species
Friday 04/21 E. C. Engineering Dr. Eduardo I. Ortiz Rivera, UPR, Mayaguez The UPRM's experience in Renewable Energy Systems to improve STEM education, diversity, and community involvement


ODU Undergraduate Research Symposium, March 25, 2023. Website: https://ww1.odu.edu/honors/research/symposium

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