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Learn more about Rutgers, a top 20 public university and among the most diverse in the nation.

  • Nationally ranked graduate programs
  • Cutting edge research
  • Funding and fellowships
  • Paid summer internships

Meet Rutgers Chemical & Biochemical Engineering faculty, UPRM alumni, and UPRM students who participated in the RISE at Rutgers summer research program!

Bonus - An Inside Look at Admissions! How to Get Accepted and Succeed.

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Welcome to Princeton University! Princeton University is proud to host the GEM GRAD Lab! The vent is sponsored by Columbia University, New York University, and Rutgers University

Join the premiere organization supporting qualified students from underrepresented communities pursuing graduate degrees in applied science and engineering funded by leading corporations, government laboratories, top universities, and top research institutions. Getting Ready for Advanced Degrees (GRAD) Lab offers underrepresented students exposure to the benefits of research and technology careers in a highly interactive one-day event.


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Registered Login/Pre-Surveys

9:15 AM – 9:30 AM EST

Students will utilize this time-frame to fill out survey response sheet that was shared prior to the start of the event.


Princeton University Welcome

9:30 AM – 9:05 AM EST

Andrea Goldsmith

Dr. Andrea Goldsmith

Dean of Engineering and Applied Science and the Arthur LeGrand Doty Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Princeton University.


Why Graduate School?

9:35 AM – 10:35 AM EST

If you thought PhDs were simply for those wanting to become professors or that you couldn’t afford graduate school, think again.  This session is designed to break some of the common myths about pursuing an advanced degree and set you on course to achieving your fullest potential.

Howard G. Adams

Dr. Howard G. Adams

Keynote Speaker on the Importance of continuing Graduate Education


How to Competitively Apply to Graduate School

10:35 AM – 11:35 AM EST

Learn the tips and tricks associated with preparing for a graduate degree from the experts.  Learn how to make your application stand out above others as well as how to position yourself to be seriously considered by many of the prestigious academic institutions in the country.

Julie Yun

Dr. Julie Yun

Associate Dean, Diversity and Inclusion at Princeton University

David Ramirez

Dr. David Ramirez

Visiting Professor of Computer Science of Reed College at Princeton University

Evelyn Erenrich

Dr. Evelyn Erenrich

Associate Dean for Recruitment and Retention at Rutgers University


Graduate Resource Fair

11:35 AM – 12:35 PM EST



How to Fund Graduate School

12:35 PM – 1:35 PM EST

Hear about all the different fellowship programs, including GEM that you can apply for and ensure that you can pursue your graduate degree for FREE!

Marcus Huggans

Dr. Marcus Huggans

Executive Director, Client Relations, The National GEM Consortium (GEM Alum)


Voices from the Field Graduate Student Panel

1:35 PM – 2:35 PM PST

As the saying goes, “you can’t be what you can’t see.”  Hear stories from GEM alums who have successfully attained advanced degrees and gone on to very successful careers.

Kimberly Cook-Chennault

Dr. Kimberly Cook-Chennault

Associate Professor Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering at Rutgers University (GEM Alum)



2:35 PM – 2:50 PM PST

Only students who stay throughout the completion of the GRAD Lab will be entered into the raffle. We invite you to fully participate in the event so you can be entered into raffle.

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Annual GEM Graduate Resource Fair

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UCLA National McNair Graduate School Fair

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Virtual Visit to the University of Maryland Baltimore County, How to Prepare, Get Accepted, and Succeed in Summer & Graduate Programs

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Garden State LSAMP Graduate Fair

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Virtual Visit to the University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras, How to Prepare, Get Accepted, and Succeed in Summer & Graduate Programs

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Virtual Visit to the University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez, How to Prepare, Get Accepted, and Succeed in Summer & Graduate Programs

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MBS/MSBS Orientation

Join us for a general introduction to the Rutgers School of Graduate Studies Biomedical Health Sciences at NB/Piscataway Master of Biomedical Science (MBS) and Master of Science in Biomedical Science (MSBS) Program hosted by the Program Directors Smita Thakker-Varia, PhD and Joe Kramer, PhD. A detailed agenda will be sent out to all students accepted for Fall 2021.

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Virtual Open House

MBS/MSBS New Brunswick/Piscataway

Are you planning a career in the health profession? Join us at the Master of Biomedical  Sciences Virtual Open House.


Wednesday, July 28, 2021, from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM.


All registrants will receive the Zoom link via email to join the virtual open house.

During this virtual session, you will learn more about the structure, strengths, and curriculum of our master's program. The program directors and some students will be present to answer your questions. There will be dedicated time for Q & A with the directors as well as the students. 

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