RISE UP: Opportunity for Native American/Alaskan Native Undergraduates in Health
February 29, 2012


Opportunity for Native American/Alaska Native Undergraduates in Health

Osage Nation Students:

My name is Tyler Hemmingson and I coordinate the South Dakota division of the federal program MCHC/RISE-UP. RISE-UP is an excellent opportunity for Native American students, and I thought you may know who to send this information to for any interested Native American or Alaska Native undergraduate university students.

MCHC/RISE-UP is a new summer program for junior, senior or recently graduated baccalaureate degree university students from underrepresented populations seeking a career in the health field. As part of the program, 10 Native Americans/Alaska Natives will have the opportunity to participate in a 10-week full time summer curriculum for one or more of three externships: Clinical, Leadership, or Research. The program provides free housing, a $3,500 stipend for the summer, a visit to Kennedy Krieger Institute/Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD, and a trip to Atlanta to the CDC, as well as the externship experience.

If you know of any students who might be interested in the program, please encourage them to visit Kennedy Krieger Institution’s website:


If students choose to apply, they will submit their application to Jenese McFadden (as specified on website). Disregard the submission deadline on the website. Upon submission, applicants will receive an automated response that will tell them that the program deadline has not been extended, but this DOES NOT APPLY to Native American/Alaska Native applicants. Special permission has been granted to extend the deadline to FEBRUARY 29, 2012 for Native American and Alaska Native applicants at the South Dakota, Sanford School of Medicine location due to their low representation in the applicant pool.

If yourself, students or other faculty members have any questions, my office phone is 605-357-1426, and they can email me at this address.

Thank you for your assistance!

Tyler Hemmingson, B.S.

RISE-UP Coordinator

Center for Disabilities

Dept. of Pediatrics

Sanford School of Medicine of the University of South Dakota

1400 W. 22nd Street

Sioux Falls, SD   57105

605-357-1439 or 1-800-658-3080