Undergraduate Education and Training

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RiSE (Resesrch in Science & Engineering) is a national acclaimed summer research program for undergraduate from diverse backgrounds.

RiSE (Research in Science & Engineering) at Rutgers, a nationally recognized summer undergraduate research program, has, since 2001, been the source of about 30% of the underrepresented (UR) PhD trainees entering the molecular biosciences, biomedical engineering and related programs. Scholars participate in 10 weeks of cutting-edge research in the biological, physical, and social/ behavioral sciences, math, engineering, and exciting interdisciplinary areas under the guidance of carefully matched faculty mentors. A comprehensive professional development component, including GRE preparation, complements the research.

The Rutgers Institute for Translational Medicine and Sciences Summer Research Program is a unique opportunity for high school students, college students, and first year medical students to perform hands on translational research. The program provides students with the opportunity to participate in laboratory science, be a member of a research team, participate in experiment planning and analyses sessions, perform experiments, and present their results.

For more information about the program and the application process and Summer Research Program’s Student Experiences.

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Project L/EARN

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  Biomedical Careers Program (BCP) offers a six-week summer academic enrichment program in the sciences and health care-oriented activities. The program is designed to increase the academic preparedness and facilitate the entry of students into medical or other health professional schools, BCP offers an academic program with three levels and six different curricula designed for students at various stages of their undergraduate education.

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Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Program

The Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Program is intended for highly motivated undergraduates interested in a research career in the pharmaceutical or environmental sciences. Through this program students are provided with an opportunity to conduct full-time research in areas related to Pharmacology and Toxicology, Environmental Health Sciences, Pharmaceutics, Medicinal Chemistry, Chemical Biology, and Clinical Pharmacy. The SURF program is open to undergraduate students currently enrolled at a university in the United States.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.

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PNI summer internship program

The Princeton Neuroscience Institute (PNI) offers a PNI summer internship program for highly motivated undergraduates, providing education and hands-on research experience in the field of neuroscience. Participants closely collaborate with students and faculty at PNI on original research projects, and thereby gain invaluable first-hand experience on what it is like to be a neuroscientist. Applicants must be current undergraduates, US citizens, permanent residents, or foreign undergraduates attending a US educational institution. The program offers a competitive stipend and covers travel and housing expenses for visiting students.

Summer Undergraduate Research Program: Each summer, the Department of Molecular Biology, Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics, and the Genentech Foundation provide intensive laboratory research experiences to a select group of undergraduates chosen from a nationwide pool. Each student joins a world-class research group—headed by a Faculty member and carries out an original research project. Participants are immersed in a culture of close collaboration with other undergraduates, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty, and thereby experience first-hand what it is like to be a scientist.

The Summer Health Professions Education Program is a free, 6-week academic enrichment program for aspiring health professionals. It’s open to students who are finishing their first or second year of college (2-year, 4-year, technical school) from economically disadvantaged backgrounds, racial/ethnic minority groups underrepresented in the health professions, first generation college attenders, and those with an interest in health disparities.  There are 12 sites around the country each accepting 80 scholars annually. Now in its 30th year, the program evolved from only accepting pre-medical and pre-dental students, to accepting students interested in a variety of health professions, such as nursing, pharmacy, physician assistant, and public health.