Enhancing Diversity

The Ronald E. McNair Post-baccalaureate Achievement Program, is a nationally recognized program funded by the U.S. Department of Education and it has been in operation at Rutgers University since 1991. The McNair program serves low-income, first generation college students and students from groups historically underrepresented in graduate education that aspire to attain a doctoral degree. The services provided are designed to prepare participants, who have demonstrated academic potential, with the research and scholarship skills necessary for entry into doctoral studies. For more information.

Encouraging Diversity at the Graduate Level: RBHS has two NIH-funded training grants for diversity recruitment: “Initiative to Maximize Student Diversity” and “Bridge to the Doctorate: University of Puerto Rico to Rutgers.”

Graduate Recruitment, Retention and Diversity (GR2aD)

Graduate Recruitment, Retention and Diversity (GR2aD), a key unit promoting excellence, diversity and inclusion in graduate education, targets traditionally underrepresented minorities, disadvantaged or first generation students, individuals with disabilities, women, non-traditional students and veterans, and students from predominantly undergraduate institutions with a goal of recruiting and retaining a diverse and excellent student cohort. GR2aD represents graduate programs at high-impact conferences and schools recruitment events, developing partnerships with minority serving institutions, training graduate student, postdoctoral and faculty recruitment ambassadors, hosting undergraduate feeder programs (including the RiSE (Research in Science & Engineering) program, coordinating Big Ten Academic Alliance summer programs, and providing application fee waivers.

The Clinical Research Experience for High School Students (CREHST) program exposes high school students from underrepresented minority populations to the excitement of state-of-the-art biomedical research. The program’s principal focus is to spark an interest in clinical research with the objective of promoting careers in clinical research.

Summer Pipeline to Excellence at Rutgers Graduate (SUPER Grad) program

Summer Pipeline to Excellence at Rutgers Graduate (SUPER Grad) program: SUPER Grad works to assure a diverse student population and launched the summer pipeline that provides first year graduate fellowships for outstanding RiSE alumni. GR2aD also runs professional development programs for our faculty that focus on needs of diverse students and helps faculty identify and compete for minority supplements for grants.

The CURE (Continuing Umbrella for Research Experience) Program at the Cancer Institute of New Jersey (CINJ) provides research training and academic and professional enrichment activities for highly motivated local high school and undergraduate underrepresented minority students.

Rutgers Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research

Project L/EARN targets members of groups that have been traditionally under-represented in health-related graduate programs with the intent of increasing the number of health researchers from these groups. The program identifies students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds, racial/ethnic minority groups, first generation college attenders, and those with an interest in health disparities, and provides them with training, experience and mentoring to make them stronger candidates for admission to graduate programs. The program is an intensive ten-week internship for students who would like to obtain research skills and “hands-on” experience in health services research under the guidance of a distinguished faculty mentors. Project L/EARN is open to students from any U.S. college or university and is a research training program administered through the Rutgers Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research.

The Big Ten Academic Alliance Diversity Initiatives is part of a National Research Mentoring Network grant with a mandate to broaden the face of the biomedical, social and behavioral sciences.

The NSF Northeast Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (Northeast AGEP), a partnership of 10 research-intensive institutions and 5 minority-serving feeders that develop mechanisms to recruit, support, and mentor underrepresented doctoral students, postdocs and faculty. Post NSF funding, we are collaborating as “NEAGEP Next” on an NIH NRMN pilot to develop multi-institutional virtual mentoring networks for underrepresented women faculty.

The National Name Exchange, a consortium of 55 nationally recognized research institutions which collect and exchange the names of underrepresented undergraduates planning graduate study.

The Institute for Teaching and Mentoring

Graduate Education for Minorities (GEM), a network of universities and companies that partner to provide opportunities for underrepresented minority students to earn fellowship (s for MS and PhD programs in the sciences and engineering.

The Institute for Teaching and Mentoring, the largest annual conference of minority doctoral scholars in the U.S., with the goal of providing strategies for success in graduate school and the professoriate. We select doctoral students and postdocs to participate with full funding.