Messenger - Vol. 1, No. 3, Page 6 Spring 1992 RISE program receives double honors The University of Delaware's RISE (Resources to Insure Successful Engineers) program has received a $30,000 GTE grant to fund undergraduate research for minority engineering students. RISE is one of only 15 recipients across the nation to receive the GTE FOCUS grant, which will provide a research experience for 10 RISE students, primarily during the winter and spring semesters of their sophomore year. Students with undergraduate research experience will be prime candidates for summer jobs in the engineering industry and will be in a better position to take part in other research opportunities offered through the University Honors Program or one of the research centers within the College of Engineering. To be eligible for the FOCUS program, RISE students must have a minimum grade point average of 2.8 at the end of the freshman year and must be recommended by a faculty member. In another honor, two RISE students, Melvin L. Perry Jr. of Wilmington and Arthur J. Valentine Jr. of Mays Landing, N.J., were named GEM Master's Engineering Fellows by the National Consortium for Graduate Degrees for Minorities in Engineering and Science Inc. The two Delaware students were among 222 fellows chosen in a national competition involving more than 1,000 applicants from 123 colleges and universities. The 20-year-old RISE program currently has 133 African-American and Hispanic students enrolled in engineering. In the last five years, some 65 RISE students have graduated and another 20 are expected to graduate this year. In 1990, 11 of 19 RISE graduates went on to graduate school.