The Center for Graduate Recruitment, Retention, and Diversity (GR2aD)

The Center for Graduate Recruitment, Retention, and Diversity (GR2aD)

Center for Graduate Recruitment, Retention, and Diversity (GR²aD)

Our Mission

The Center for Graduate Recruitment, Retention, and Diversity (GR²aD) leads pathway efforts spanning the undergraduate to faculty levels. Our signature programs recruit graduate students from diverse backgrounds and develop initiatives to promote their success, with a particular emphasis on broadening participation in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math). We establish and maintain relationships with feeder schools, direct a summer research program for undergraduates, Research in Science & Engineering (RiSE), and develop professional support mechanisms for graduate students. We lead participation in multi-institutional consortia to promote diversity in graduate education and postdoctoral training and to facilitate successful transition to faculty careers. We provide support for the diversity, broadening participation, and broader impact components of faculty training and research grants.

RiSE (Research in Science and Engineering) Summer Undergraduate Program

50 outstanding students, typically rising college juniors and seniors from across the U.S. and its territories, participate in cutting-edge research in the biological, physical, and social sciences, math, engineering, and exciting interdisciplinary areas under the guidance of carefully matched faculty mentors. We partiularly encourage applications from students from underrepresented or disadvantaged backgrounds, from first generation college families, or who attend Predominantly Undergraduate Institutions. RiSE alumni have an outstanding record of success!

If you are a high-achieving student, passionate about research, and considering graduate school, then RiSE may be for you. By applying to RiSE, you will automatically be considered for our sister National Science Foundation REU (Research Experience for Undergraduate) and other partner programs at Rutgers. Learn more about the RiSE Advantage and how to apply. We have rolling admissions, starting in late January. Acceptance is highly competitive; apply NOW!

Meet outstanding 2015 RiSE Scholars and their faculty mentors!       Tiara Askew, Toxicology and Pharmaceutical Sciences;          Kidus Feleke, Biology and Nutritional Sciences

Check out our 2016 RiSE Summer Research Symposium, including project abstracts.

Meet our RiSE 2017 cohort.

Summer Pipeline to Excellence at Rutgers Graduate (SUPER Grad) Fellowship Program

Multi-year graduate fellowships, valued at up to $100,000, for the most outstanding alumni of RiSE and partnering summer program. SUPER Grad is an intiative of the NB Strategic Plan.

Meet our Graduate Students and Alumni

Widening the Pipeline to Graduate Study and the STEM Workforce: Impact of GR2aD : Meet Rebecca Baerga, PhD, and Immanuel Williams (PhD Candidate)

RiSE Alumna and new Rutgers PhD now a Science & Technology Policy Fellow at the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering & Medicine: Meet Eileen Oni, PhD

RiSE Alumna and New PhD Plans Career in Pharmaceutical Industry: Meet Krizia Karry, PhD

Rutgers PhD Student Spotlighted at National Conference: Meet Ann Charles, Microbial Biology graduate student


Conferences, Travel Awards, & Professional Development for Grad Students and Postdocs

Compact for Faculty Diversity: Institute on Teaching and Mentoring

Big Ten Academic Alliance NIH grant for the National Research Mentoring Network-CIC Academic Network (NRMN-CAN): 

Collaborative Big Ten grant offering professional development and grantsmanship coaching to postdocs in biological, clinical, environmental and social/behavioral sciences. See our postdocs at work at the Big Ten Conference Center at the inaugural 2015 conference,, our June 2016 Postdoctoral Mentor Training Workshop, and our November 2016 Professional Development/Grantwriting conference. One of our  participants commented: "“I had an incredibly positive experience--probably the best I've had since I arrived at Rutgers in February 2015."

      **** NRMN grantwriting workshop for postdocs and graduate students comes to the Rutgers campus, Friday, Feb. 17, 2017****  Details and registration here

Annual Diversity and Inclusion Forum

         April 2017, "Speaking the Language of Diversity in Higher Education." 

         April 2016, "Passport to Success for Graduate Students and Postdocs," Picture gallery at  

        April 2014, "Climbing the Ladder to Succss: Tools for Surviving Your Graduate Career and Beyond."

Graduate/Postdoctoral Ambassador Program

Conference Travel Awards

Opportunities for Faculty Engagement

Big Ten Academic Alliance NIH grant for the National Research Network-CIC Academic Network (NRMN-CAN) - Fully funded opportunities for faculty to be trained to serve as Mentoring Specialists and Grantsmanship Coaches and to join a network of colleagues through the Big Ten.

        - To learn more about the "Facilitating Mentor Training Workshop" (Train-the-Trainer) at the Big Ten Conference Center, click here; for complete Program Book, click here, Our first mentor training workshop at Rutgers, where we disseminated best practices in mentoring, was held on May 23, 9:30 am - 1:30 pm. For more info, please email us.

        - For a recap of our professional development and grantsmanship program for postdocs and junior faculty, please visit here.

       **** NRMN grantwriting workshop for faculty comes to the Rutgers campus, Friday, Feb. 17, 2017****  Details and registration here. Space limited; register now.

"Amplifying Voices" - a multi-institutional mutual mentoring program. We particularly encourage participation by women STEM faculty from underrepresented groups

Training and research grant support - diversity, broader impact, broadening participation, recruitment and retention, outreach

Best practices for diversity recruitment

Serve as a summer mentor for a RiSE Scholar 

Opportunities for Undergraduates: Ready for Research at Rutgers (R3)

Resources for undergraduates considering research careers and graduate study

RiSE at Rutgers Summer Research Program

Summer Research Opportunity Program through the CIC ("Big Ten")

New!! Rutgers chapter of the Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS)


Consortia and Alliances

Big 10 Academic Alliance

NSF Northeast Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate

National Name Exchange

National Physical Sciences Consortium

National GEM Consortium


GR²aD Fall '16 & Spring '17 Recruitment Schedule 


Oct. 10: Campus Fair at the University of Maryland Baltimore County, Meyerhoff Program

Oct. 13–16: Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) “The National Diversity in STEM Conference”, Long Beach, CA, Booth 840,

Oct. 27 – Oct. 30: Compact for Faculty Diversity – Institute on Teaching and Mentoring annual meeting, Tampa, FL.

Nov. 9 – 12: Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS), Tampa, FL, Booth 219

Nov. 16: Info Session at The College of New Jersey, 12 - 2 PM

Nov 28 – Dec. 1, 2016: GR2aD in Puerto Rico: Presentations and Info Sessions at UPR-Rio Piedras Campus (Wed. Nov 30), Mayaguez Campus (Tues Oct 29), Aguadilla Campus (Tues Oct 29), Pontifical  Catholic University (Mon Nov 28), and Interamerican University at Arecibo (Dec. 1)

Nov. 28: Ramapo College: Jill Tracy, PhD candidate in Chemistry & Chemical Biology and RiSE alumna, leads a workshop

Nov. 29: Rowan University: Dr. Eileen Oni leads a workshop. Dr. Oni received her PhD in Cell Biology & Neuroscience from Rutgers in 2016 and is an alumna of Rowan 2010 and RiSE at Rutgers summer 2009.

Jan. 17-19: Dr. Andrew Baker, Professor of Physics and Astronomy, visits the South: Xavier University, Dillard, Jackson State, and Tougaloo.



Contact us if you would like to meet with a GR2aD representative at any of these venues or would like to invite a speaker to your school or organization.

You may qualify for a graduate application fee waiver.


Evelyn Erenrich

For more information, contact:
Evelyn S. Erenrich
Assistant Dean
GR²aD Director
Phone: 848-932-9286

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