RISE Bridge Program

2019 Important Dates

  • April 19: Nomination Deadline
  • August 12-16: RISE Program Dates

About The Rise Bridge Program

The University of Arkansas Razorgrad Institute for Success and Engagement (RISE) Program provides incoming graduate students from historically underrepresented populations in graduate school (African American, Hispanic or Latinx, American Indian and Alaskan Native, and first-generation) with professional development opportunities, practical tips and tricks for graduate school, and a social introduction to the University of Arkansas as they transition into graduate education.

This summer's institute will be held the week of August 12-16, 2019. RISE participants will attend seminars focused on academic skills, professional development and personal growth.

Academic Skills Professional Development Personal Growth
Knowing Your Campus Resources Professionalism in the Classroom & the Workplace Managing Personal Finances (and Building A Budget)
All About Mentoring  Not Knowing What You Don’t Know and How to Find Answers Graduate Student Life Panel 
Blackboard Essentials Social Media and Your Career Strengths Quest Activity
Writing for Graduate School How to Network and Navigate Conferences Stress & Anxiety Toolbox
Critical Reading and Annotation Skills Climbing the Academic Ladder: Acquiring Tenure Intelligence Time Management
Ethics and Integrity in Research Graduate School Faculty Panel Discussion  
Diversity in the Classroom Negotiating Skills  

Application Process

To participate, Applicants must be admitted to the University of Arkansas Graduate School without condition, and commence their studies in the summer or fall of 2019. Preference will be given to U.S. citizens and students who earned their previous degree(s) at an institution other than the University of Arkansas.

A complete application packet will include:

  1. A nomination in support of the student by the graduate coordinator for their department/program or the department chair
  2. An academic résumé or C.V. from the student
  3. A one-page statement of purpose from the student, discussing their goals for their graduate studies and how the RISE program will help achieve those goals

Applications must be submitted to the Office of Graduate Student Support (GEAR 213 or gradsupport@uark.edu) by the date listed above.

Applications are reviewed by committee after the application deadline. All applicants will be notified of the committee's decision by email, usually within 2-3 weeks after the deadline.

Student Life

Our picturesque campus is located in Fayetteville in the hilly northwest corner of Arkansas and includes two arboreta overlooking the Ozark Mountains. Founded in 1871 as a land-grant institution, the University of Arkansas is the state’s foremost partner and resource for education and economic development. The Carnegie Foundation classifies the university as having "the highest possible level of research," placing us among the top 2 percent of colleges and universities nationwide.


Serving as a gateway to outdoor adventures of the Ozarks, and home to the state's flagship educational institution, Fayetteville has consistently ranked on Livability.com's Top 100 Best Places to Live lists as well as the 2013 Top 10 College Towns list.

Want to know more the university and Fayetteville? Check out our Learn About Us section.

More Information

For additional information, please contact the Office Graduate Fellowships and Student Support, at 479-575-7038 or gradsupport@uark.edu.