selection criteria

Selection Criteria

We seek to identify Research motivated and academically talented ECSU Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) participants and develop them through the Minority Biomedical Research Support (MBRS), Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (RISE), Elizabeth City State University-Support Program for Academic and Research Enhancement (E-SPARE) Program into scholars that are eminently and competitively prepared for acceptance into Ph.D. programs in the biomedical sciences.

The minority applicants must be U.S. citizens, or resident aliens with permanent residency status belonging to minority ethnic groups (such as African-American, Hispanic, Native American, and Asian/Pacific Islander) that are underrepresented in biomedical or socio-behavioral health Research.  Only students with a minimum GPA of 3.0 and /or show exceptional scientific interest and talent may apply.  Preference will be given to those candidates with a genuine interest in pursuing a Ph.D.  Previous undergraduate Research experience is highly recommended but not required before entering the E-SPARE program.  Students will be required to show documented proof of their eligibility.

Selection Criteria Possible Points
Quality and originality of personal statement to include (1) aspirations for career in biomedical sciences and (2) experiences at the Annual Career Fair in Biomedical Sciences 4.0
Strength of Credentials Overall GPA >/= 3.00 (Shows Overall Aptitude)? 2.0
Science GPA >/= 3.20 (Shows Science Aptitude) 3.0
Quality of resume and transcript including scholarly work as LSAMP scholar 4.0
Recommendations from LSAMP Program Directorate, LSAMP Mentor and Honors Program Director  6.0
Interview by Steering Committee 6.0
Maximum Total Points 25.0


Individuals who are accepted into the program will be informed in writing by the Program Director within 3 weeks following the interview.  Applicants will be selected by November 10th of each year.  Successful candidates can pre-register for CHEM 215 (Into to Biomedical Sciences) during the Official Pre-Registration for Spring semester in the fall.

Sponsored by Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement/Minority Biomedical Research/NIH