SUPER Grad (Summer Undergraduate Pipeline to Excellence at Rutgers Graduate) Fellowships

What are SUPER Grad (SUmmer Pipeline to Excellence at Rutgers Graduate) Fellowships?  

SUPER Grad  is a new diversity fellowship program that awards competitive first‐year graduate funding to outstanding alumni of our summer undergraduate research programs. Alumni of the RiSE (Research in Science and Engineering) at Rutgers program and partner summer programs are automatically eligible for consideration if they are admitted by a Rutgers graduate program.

Why SUPER Grad?

SUPER Grad supports Rutgers-New Brunswick's objectives to be a national leader in increasing the pool of qualified US science, technology, math & engineering (STEM) and social/behavioral sciences graduate students, fuel the pipeline to the STEM careers, and promote the diversity that will catalyze innovation in tomorrow’s workforce,  By retaining the top summer talent, we promote a diverse and inclusive graduate population at Rutgers and help overcome the current constriction of the STEM pipeline at the undergraduate to graduate transition.

SUPER Grad builds on Rutgers’ strength, growth, and investment in STEM summer programs and leverages our success in garnering federal grants to support summer research for undergraduates from diverse backgrounds. Partnering summer programs, most of which operate under the RiSE umbrella, particularly encourage participation by populations that are under-represented in STEM and who may be the first in their families to attend a 4-year college. 

How are SUPER Grad Fellowships supported?

The  program is funded by the Chancellor's Office as an initiative of the New Brunswick Strategic Plan, with generous matches from the School of Biological and Environmental Sciences, School of Arts & Sciences, School of Engineering, Graduate School-NB, and Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.

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GutierrezBryan Gutierrez 

RiSE Scholar: Summer 2016

“I received a bachelor of science degree in Chemistry from Pacific Lutheran University (PLU). I plan to pursue a career as a synthetic organic chemist in the pharmaceutical industry. I am most interested in compounds that can be used as controlled release of monomers from drug polymer conjugates which are triggered in the body by heat or water stimulus. In summer 2015, I performed research in Dr. Neal Yakelis’ synthetic organic chemistry lab at PLU on hetero-Diels-Alder reactions. In summer 2016, I came to Rutgers as a participant in the RiSE and REU-SOPS programs. I worked at the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy with Drs. Patrick Sinko and Zoltan Szekely on the synthesis, and associated release studies, of camptothecin prodrug-loaded microparticles. Outside of academics, I love playing video games, and I was a proud member of the Asian Pacific Islander and Chemistry Clubs at PLU. I was very grateful to be a part of the RiSE/REU program because it provided me with the opportunity to hone my lab and research skills, and to perform research on drug delivery, a special interest. Utilizing my skills and research experiences, I hope to be successful in the Chemistry and Chemical Biology graduate program here at Rutgers University.”




Lorne Joseph

RiSE Scholar: Summer 2016

I recently graduated from the University of the Virgin Islands with. B.S in Chemistry and a minor in Environmental Science. Last summer (2016) I was a RiSE Scholar in the Department of MSE and this Fall I return to Rutgers as a Graduate student in the department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology. My summer as a RiSE scholar was a life changing experience and it played a significant role in my decision to attend graduate school. I am delighted and humbled to be returning to Rutgers as a SUPER Grad Fellow. Most of all, I am looking forward to this new and exciting chapter as a budding researcher. 








Yanira Gonzalez-Rodriguez

RiSE Scholar: Summer 2016

I graduated from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez with a bachelor degree in Industrial Microbiology. Due to my interest on becoming a biomedical researcher, I began to conduct research at an Evolutionary and Populations Genetics lab. During the summer of 2016, I participated in the RISE summer program at Rutgers, where I joined the laboratory of Dr. Li Cai. We focused on studying genes and factors that control neuronal migration, specifically the role of topoisomerase II beta in cell migration. This program was a great opportunity that helped me not only develop scientific thinking and learn laboratory techniques, but also showed me that it is necessary to be perseverant at all times. Currently, I have the honor to begin my PhD in the Molecular Biosciences program at Rutgers. I am very grateful for all the opportunities and I really believe that Rutgers will be a major step on developing my career as a scientist.



Crespo Bellido

Alvin A. Crespo Bellido

RiSE Scholar: Summer 2016

Born and raised in the island of Puerto Rico, I graduated in May 2017 with a B.S. in Biology from the University of Puerto Rico-Mayagüez Campus. As an undergraduate, I had the opportunity to work with Dr. Siobain Duffy through the 2016 RiSE Summer Program at Rutgers University. In her lab, we researched the role of host-range mutations in the evolution of a virus model system, and it was here where I confirmed my desire to pursue a career in evolutionary biology. Given the friendly and stimulating environment I encountered during my time there, I’m extremely excited and honored to be attending Rutgers University for my PhD degree. After graduating, I plan to pursue a career in academia where I can help mentor future scientists like myself, and I know that the top-notch graduate education I will get at Rutgers will prepare me to do so.





Kelsey Gwynne

RiSE Scholar: Summer 2016

I am from Glen Mills, Pennsylvania (a suburb of Philadelphia).  In 2017, I graduated from Wagner College with a B.S. in Chemistry and minors in Physics and Anthropology. As a 2016 RiSE scholar, I worked in Dr. Deirdre M. O'Carroll's lab. The RiSE program allowed me to develop an array of skills in and outside the lab. My experience in the program and in the O'Carroll lab helped to me find my passion for Materials Science and Engineering and confirmed my decision to seek a graduate degree. The cutting-edge research and supportive faculty and students made the decision to attend Rutgers an easy one. I am honored to be a SUPER Grad fellow, and I am looking forward to begin my MSE graduate career at Rutgers!



WoodCaroline Wood

RiSE Scholar: Summer 2016

"I was born and raised in Pompton Plains, NJ, and graduated from The College of New Jersey in 2017 with a bachelor's degree in biomedical engineering. Participating in the Cellular Bioengineering REU as part of the Rutgers RiSE program during the summer of 2016 completely changed my outlook on my future. The experience influenced me to continue my education in graduate school and taught me how much I enjoy research and want to pursue a career in this field. I am incredibly grateful to be returning to Rutgers as I pursue a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering, and am excited to once again work with the incredible mentors, faculty, and students I met during the summer program. I know Rutgers will be the perfect place for me to become an independent scientist and with hard work, I will be prepared for whatever may come afterward."

Meet 2016-17 fellows here. 

Meet inaugural 2015-16 Fellows here.


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