The Charles A. Dana Research Institute for Scientists Emeriti (RISE) is composed of retirees who have had distinguished research careers in industry. Members of RISE mentor high-achieving Drew undergraduates who want to get involved in scientific research. The program has been in existence for 35 years and has served more than 400 students during that time. Most of the students continue on to graduate schools in the sciences or to medical schools. RISE is unique: there is no other program like it in the U.S. or any other country that we know of. Current members of RISE include two members of the National Academy of Sciences, William Campbell and Arnold Demain. Campbell also received the Nobel Prize in Medicine and Physiology this year for research he did on River Blindness while at Merck. In 1989 RISE received the prestigious Merck Innovation Award for Undergraduate Science Education “for fresh thinking and imaginative use of resources.”

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