Research Innovation and Scientific Excellence (RISE) Center


The mission of the Research Innovation and Scientific Excellence (RISE) Center at UTMB is to support and facilitate the development of nurse scientists and their research.


The Vision of the Research Innovation and Scientific Excellence (RISE) Center is to be a leader in research that optimizes health across the spectrum, from discovery to translation.

Goals of the RISE Center

  • Foster a sustainable culture of scholarship
  • Recruit and retain outstanding research faculty, staff, students, and trainees
  • Develop a supportive infrastructure that will position UTMB as a leader in nursing science and its translation
  • Facilitate interprofessional research collaboration
  • Focus on targeted research clusters of excellence for growth
  • Strengthen research support mechanisms, including coaching, professional development, and succession in planning
  • Maximize student research and scholarship through mentorship

Services Provided by the RISE Center

  • Consulting with faculty and students regarding internal and external grant funding opportunities
  • Coordinating the preparation of materials for internal and external grant applications with the grants' compliance analyst
  • Mentoring junior and pre-tenured faculty members to facilitate the development and implementation of their programs of research
  • Consulting and recommending opportunities for faculty and students to disseminate their research
  • Coordinating interdisciplinary research collaborations between SON faculty, other departments, and community stakeholders
  • Statistical support for faculty and students, including grant preparation, presentations, and published scholarly works

Meet Our Staff

Bridget Hawkins | SON RISE Center

Bridget Hawkins PhD, MBA, CRA

  • Director, Research Innovation and Scientific Excellence (RISE) Center
  •   SHP/SON 3.204C
Lizzet Aguillon | SON RISE Center

Lizzet Aguillon BS

Michelle Davis | SON RISE Center

Michelle Davis

LeAnne Garcia | SON RISE Center

LeAnne Garcia MLS, GCPH

Hoang Nguyen | SON Graduate Studies, PhD Program

Hoang Nguyen PhD

Darpan Patel | SON Graduate Studies

Darpan Patel PhD

  • Vice Dean for Research and Scholarship
    Lena Finke Distinguished Chair of Nursing Arts
Elizabeth Powell | SON RISE Center

Elizabeth Powell

Denis Rodriguez | SON RISE Center

Denis Rodriguez BS

Lisa Thibodeaux | SON RISE Center

Lisa Thibodeaux BSN, RNC-OB