Undergraduate Research | ISE RISE Program

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ISE RISE Program

  • Are you interested in conducting research and being mentored by faculty, post-doctoral fellows and advanced graduate students?
  • Would you like to know how to prepare for and pursue a graduate degree?
  • Does spending time on the beautiful campus of NC State appeal to you?
  • Will you have completed at least your sophomore year of college by next summer?

You may be the right candidate for the ISE RISE (Research Internship Summer Experience) Program.

Participating in this program will better prepare and motivate you to pursue advanced degrees, thereby helping sustain a rich talent pool in critical areas related to all aspects of industrial and systems engineering research and innovation. We encourage engineering students from underrepresented and underserved groups from the US and its territories to participate.


  • Conduct state-of-the-art research related to challenging industrial and systems engineering problems
  • Be mentored by NC State faculty, post-doctoral fellows, and advanced graduate students
  • Experience the diverse research atmosphere and culture at NC State University
  • Present results at a research symposium and poster competition.
    • Participate in weekly seminars and workshops to prepare for graduate school and professional development
      • e.g., preparation of research abstract, poster and research statement; planning for research and academic careers
  • Engage in social and community activities
  • Have opportunities to co-author scientific manuscripts with the mentors
  • Non-NCSU participants will receive a $4,000 stipend; in addition, university housing and roundtrip travel will be covered
  • Have access to campus facilities (e.g., library, athletic, and health facilities)


  • Should have attended an accredited academic institution in the U.S. or its territories
  • Should have completed the undergraduate sophomore year by June or be in a master’s program
  • Be enrolled as a student in a US-accredited academic institution in the Fall semester
  • Hold a competitive GPA (3.5 or above on a 4.0 scale is recommended)
  • Demonstrate a genuine interest in research and in pursuing a graduate degree
  • Persons from underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply


  • Application Deadline: Review starts February 15
  • Notifications: March-April
  • Program Dates: (tentative) May 29 – July 28

ISE RISE participants must reside at NC State University full-time during the 2-month program. During this period, participants may not enroll in classes, concurrent summer programs, or hold other employment. ISE RISE is held on the NC State University campus in Raleigh, NC.


  • Contents of application
    • Application form
      • Including contact information (name, title, affiliation, email, phone) for up to 2 references
    • A single PDF file consisting of:
      • A brief resume (two-page limit)
      • Statement of interest, including academic background, research and future career goals, your expectations from participating in the ISE RISE program (two-page limit)
      • Transcript(s) (unofficial copies are acceptable)
  • SUBMIT APPLICATION (Application review starts: February 15)
    • Deadline for NC State ISE Students: April 1


Tentative dates: May 29 – July 28

  • Application Deadline: Review starts February 15
  • Notifications: March – April

Got Questions?

Contact ISE’s undergraduate student coordinator at ise-undergradoffice@ncsu.edu.