Biomedical Professional Development + Workshops

The Rutgers University School for Graduate Studies offer our Biomedical Graduate Studies studies opportunities for professional development and workshops.

Grant and Manuscript Writing Workshops

We offer several annual workshops and courses to help graduate students apply for predoctoral fellowships including a fellowship application workshop every Fall and a Fellowship writing fundamental workshop every Spring.  We also have boilerplate paragraphs to be used for Responsible Conduct of Research, Rigor and Reproducibility, Individual Development Plants, Career and Professional Development, and Institutional Environment.  Click here to view those grant writing resources.

We also offer an annual workshop on scientific publications every Spring. This workshop covers best practices in experimental design, analysis, and writing to produce a manuscript that reviewers will love. The event is taught by an editor of a major scientific publisher.  Click here to view a recent workshop on manuscript writing. 

We have also hosted workshops on preparing publication quality figures and best practices in graphical abstracts


Effective Mentoring of Undergraduates in Research Workshop

This workshop led annually in early May by Drs. Janet Alder, Evelyn Erenrich, and Xenia Morin use techniques and case studies from the National Research Mentoring Network to teach Ph.D. students and Postdoctoral Fellows tools and skills to better mentor undergraduate students in a laboratory setting. Our students then reflect upon approaches they would use to mentor trainees and employees in a lab or research group. We cover topics like managing student projects, understanding contracts for undergrads, aligning expectations, and much more. Attendees will be able to:

  1. Define what mentoring is and the different kinds of mentoring
  2. Discuss practical ways to mentor an undergraduate
  3. Actively analyze case studies
  4. Conduct optional follow up activities to earn a microbadge in mentoring undergraduates in research 

To see a recording of a recent mentoring undergraduates workshop, click here

For more information: Email Dr. Janet Alder

Email Dr. Evelyn Erenrich

Email Dr. Xena Morin

STEM Grads Giving Back



Rutgers graduate students - you can be the person who inspires a high school or undergraduate student to pursue college and the study of science! There are several ways for Rutgers graduate students to mentor and encourage young minds.

1) SGS is partnering with Rutgers Upward Bound Math-Science a pre-college program designed to assist and motivate first generation and low-income students to successfully graduate from high school, prepare for college admission, and complete their baccalaureate degree in STEM.  You can give a talk about your research, To volunteer for this important initiative, please contact Assistant Dean Janet Alder ( and Senior Program Coordinator Katherine Castro-Guillen (

2) The Rutgers Honors College (HC) invites current full-time doctoral students to serve as HC Graduate Mentors for undergraduate students. As part of the "Grads Giving Back" program, the Honors College Graduate Mentor role allows you the opportunity to share your knowledge with undergraduates who are high-achieving (typically the top 10% of their high school class). The Honors College undergraduate students that you will be mentoring are diverse with about 20% identifying as underrepresented minorities and approximately 33% demonstrating financial need. You will also hone your professional development skills that come with advising and service.  As a Graduate Mentor you will receive a letter from the Honors College to add to your resume/CV regarding your service, get a professional headshot, be listed on the Honors College website, and be invited to the Honors College annual Summer Sendoff BBQ (set for May 1, 2024) to celebrate your service as a mentor. The HC Graduate Mentors will be expected to dedicate only 3-6 hours total over the whole 2023-2024 academic year to this role. Contact Dean Andrea Rydel for more information

3) Rutgers 4-H STEM Ambassadors: Since its inception in 2009, the Rutgers 4-H STEM Ambassadors program has engaged over 550 high school students from New Jersey’s most urban communities in year-round experiences designed to promote STEM identity and college readiness among those underrepresented in science and engineering.  Rutgers 4-H faculty and staff connect limited resource and first-generation students, primarily African American and Latino, to scientists and engineers across the entire university system as they work together to conduct research and tackle problems in a variety of STEM fields.  After a weeklong intensive residential program on campus in July, the STEM Ambassadors return to their home communities to contribute a minimum of 50 hours of service each year, working with county-based faculty and staff to lead 4-H STEM experiences for children and youth in 4-H afterschool, Saturday, and summer camp programs.  You can read more about the program in this journal article and contact Janice McDonnell for more information

Cognitive Skills Program (CSP)

The Cognitive Skills Program (CSP) is designed to enhance and maximize the educational experience of medical, graduate, and postgraduate students. CSP services include instruction with efficient strategies and self-regulatory skills to increase control of learning, to promote independent, self-directed learning, and other various academic support services tailored to individual needs.

View other services available by the Cognitive Skills Program

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