Relationships in Science Education (RISE)

Frequently Asked Questions

What Is RISE?

RISE (Relationships in Science Education) is a National Science Foundation-funded project awarded to Edmonds Community College for five years to increase the number of students graduating and transferring in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), increase the diversity among STEM majors, graduates, and transfers, and increase the successful progression of STEM majors through gateway STEM courses.

Why Should I Apply to RISE?

The RISE program is to help you succeed in your classes, assist you in earning a degree in STEM, and help you achieve your academic and career goals.

Who Is RISE For?

This program is for all STEM students — students studying any of the following subjects: Biology, Chemistry, CIS, CEN, Engineering, Computer Science, Material Science Technology, Mathematics, Physics, Environmental Science, or Geology. Students need to be attending school full time, have a GPA of 2.5 or higher, and be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Women and underrepresented minority students are encouraged to apply.

How Do I Apply for RISE?

The application process includes a basic application form, transcripts, and four short-answer questions. The application can be found online.

What Does RISE Provide for Students?

  • A faculty member in his/her major to serve as an adviser and mentor
  • An Edmonds CC orientation
  • A study room staffed with peer and/or faculty tutors
  • An opportunity to work as a paid peer tutor
  • Assistance in the transfer process or job-search process
  • STEMinars – cohort classes for RISE students
  • Academic support between and during quarters
  • Undergraduate research opportunities and/or service learning opportunities in STEM