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RISE Program Proves that Undergraduate Research Experiences Help Recruit Minority Scientists

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Robyn Hannigan in labcoat with bubbles

Arkansas State University professor Robyn Hannigan believes science holds natural appeal for curious minds. The trick -- and the goal RISE is intended to serve -- is to get more feet in the door.

Credit: Courtney Fitzwater


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Anderson Kurui, an Arkansas State University undergraduate and RISE participant, at work in the lab.

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Edna Poku, a biology student from Maryland's Morgan State University, working on her RISE research internship at Arkansas State University. Here, she's analyzing trace metals in a sample in the lab.

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Kate Vanderpuye, a Morgan State University undergraduate. During her tenure as a RISE student at Arkansas State University, Kate studied whether heavy metals such as arsenic and cadmium -- often found in poultry litter -- were taken up by the grasses near poultry farms.

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