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What is the G-RISE program?

The Graduate Research Training Initiative for Student Enhancement (G-RISE) is an NIH funded training program for pre-doctoral students from underrepresented groups.  The goal of the program is to develop a diverse pool of individuals earning a Ph.D. at Oklahoma State University, who have the skills to successfully transition into careers in the biomedical research workforce. To learn more about the G-RISE and other NIH training programs click here.


Principal Investigators

Dr. Pam Lovern

Pamela Lovern, PhD

Pamela Lovern, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Physiological Sciences in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Oklahoma State University. Dr. Lovern earned a PhD in Physiology from the University of Missouri. Her research focuses on mechanisms regulating blood vessel growth and development, and on how these processes are affected by chronic disease.

Dr. Brenda Smith

Brenda Smith, PhD

Dr. Smith joined the Graduate College in fall 2017. Her responsibilities include graduate student professional development programming, the International Teaching Assistant Program, college communications, and recruiting and orientation oversight. Dr. Smith is also a Regents Professor and holds the John and Sue Taylor Professorship in the Department of Nutritional Sciences. Her research focuses on the effects of phytochemicals and exercise on the gut-bone axis.

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