Beyond Traditional Graduate Courses

Interdisciplinary Job Opportunities for Biomedical Scientists (iJOBs) Program : A partnership between Graduate School of Biological Science and Rutgers Biomedical Engineering and funded by a BEST (Broadening Experiences in Scientific Training) Award from the NIH Common Fund, iJOBS educates over 1500 graduate student and post-doctoral researchers across the state of New Jersey about career opportunities and empowers them to pursue their career goals. Based at Rutgers, but spanning all of the research universities in NJ (including Princeton and NJIT), the iJOBS program is specifically designed for current PhD students, post doctorate fellows and alumni and encourages trainees that have completed the program to re-engage and serve as mentors to the program’s budding professionals. In addition to providing training to future academic scientists in a variety of key skill sets, iJOBS aims to provide ‘one-stop shopping” to New Jersey’s biopharma industry for first-time job placement. iJOBS provides general professional and focused career training in five professional tracks: 1) science and health policy, 2) business management, 3) intellectual property management, 4) clinical and regulatory sciences, and 5) health and science data analysis.

Rutgers Pre-doc Leadership Development Institute (PLDI)

This opportunity prepares learners for academic and administrative leadership roles in their institutions. More information is available at the web site.

Internships at the Technology Transfer Office

Internships in this office expose the student to the process of tech transfer. More information is available at the web site.

Career Development Programs/Courses

Of increasing importance in the career development of pre-doctoral trainees is the incorporation of competencies required to move one’s career ahead. These are provided in some cases by courses that can be taken for credit or audited but also by short term seminars and workshops. Examples include:

  • Presentations and Productivity including writing, presenting and critiquing scientific material; time management; managing personnel, grant-writing, professional conduct.
  • The Business of Science: Drug Development – From Molecules to Medicine: This course is intended to provide the class with a practical, hands-on look at drug development in the Pharmaceutical/Biotech industry. The activities assigned will be real deliverables for which professionals working in Pharma are responsible throughout the research and development cycle, and is taught by professionals from the pharmaceutical industry who give the lectures and provide guidance throughout the course.

Communication Course

Funded by a grant from the Burroughs Wellcome Fund, this course is designed to teach, improve, and assess advanced communication skills in doctoral trainees. It provides them with advanced methods of instruction and improvisation, as well as ample opportunities to practice their communication skills and gain confidence to speak beyond their scientific audience, and embrace the responsibility to explain their science to the public, the media, industry, elected officials, and potential donors who support biomedical research. Offered by a multidisciplinary faculty of scientists, educators, communication experts, and theater arts professionals from several schools of Rutgers University and from industry, the goal is to instill in students an advanced ability to not only to communicate clearly, accurately, and vividly about their research, but also to emphasize its significance.

Scientific Writing Course

This course focuses on learning to write and edit at the level appropriate to the student’s scientific field.

Innovation and Entrepreneurship for Science and Technology

This course provides a practical framework for identification and commercialization of technology-intensive commercial opportunities; need/opportunity analysis, competitive analysis, legal protection, marketing, financing, resourcing, and communication of the venture.

Grantsmanship Skills

The goals for this course are: to learn the structure and content of an NIH grant; to become familiar with the NIH granting process; to acquire skills for effective grant writing; to develop a power point presentation of an original scientific research grant; to develop an original scientific research grant in NIH format; to practice the process of designing a scientific research program; and to learn about techniques and approaches used in modern research.

Statistics Classes

In addition to formal statistics courses, RUBIES, a consultative biostatistics and clinical epidemiology service learning and service center for translational researchers is available to students. The Graduate School of Biological Sciences has also developed three courses, specific for graduate students: “Statistics in Biomedical Science;” “Interdisciplinary Biostatistics Research Training for Molecular and Cellular Sciences: Enhancing Rigor and Reproducibility;” and “Statistical Theory for Research Workers”.

Scientific Rigor and Responsibility

To address the NIH requirements concerning scientific rigor and reproducibility (NOT-OD-16-011), the Graduate School of Biological Sciences is piloting a series of webinars, funded by an NIH R25 grant and developed in collaboration with the Society for Neuroscience (Promoting Awareness and Knowledge to Enhance Scientific Rigor in Neuroscience). All 1st year PhD students as well as 5th year PhD students and postdoctoral fellows who were registered for Responsible Conduct of Research training participate in webinars, covering a range of topics: planning experiments and preparing for data collection; minimizing bias in experimental design and execution; post-experimental data analysis; and data management and reporting.

Project AGER (Advancing Graduate Education at Rutgers): This program has the potential to improve educational resources of those Scholars participating in graduate programs. Project AGER is a National Science Foundation (NSF) initiative based at the Graduate School New Brunswick at Rutgers, and funded by a five-year In­­­novation through Institutional Integration (I3) grant. Project AGER is developing a structure that identifies and integrates best practices in graduate education. Project AGER objectives relevant to the KL2 program include: a. Creation of a centralized infrastructure for sharing best practices in curriculum, b. Integration and expansion of programs to train graduate students to become effective researchers and mentors, c. Integration of programs to recruit a diverse student population from Rutgers to pursue graduate education.

Training in Mentorship Program: The Graduate Mentoring Fellows Program is a year-long program to provide participants with the opportunity to study the functions involved in serving as a good mentor and to work with undergraduates as a mentor for one academic year.

GradFund, the Resource Center for Graduate Student External Support at Rutgers offers support for the development of grant applications. This includes a grant wiki, group programs and individual assistance.

The Center for Clinical Learning provides undergraduate and graduate students with realistic, evidence-based patient care experiences that develop clinical reasoning, critical decision-making, team-building, and technical skills using state-of-the art equipment, high-fidelity patient simulators, and trained personnel who act as standardized patients.