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IMSD welcomes Rutgers IMSD alumni: Tiffany King, PhD and Alejandra Laureano, PhD. Tiffany is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Pennsylvania, School of Medicine. Alejandra is a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard Medical School. Tiffany and Alejandra will talk about their current research and take your questions. 

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Alvin Crespo, a 5th year IMSD students in the Ecology and Evolution graduate program, will present his ongoing work on the topic "An exploration of the molecular evolution of Cressdnaviricota: A phylum of viruses with single-stranded circular DNA genomes".

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Dr. Langer will offer "best practice" guidelines for how to prepare and deliver an oral presentation of your research.

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The IMSD program is hosting a social event for all IMSD trainees, IMSD associates, and guest PhD students from under-represented or diverse backgrounds across the Rutgers-NB campuses. The social will take place on the patio of the Tower building, 675 Hoes Lane, Piscataway.

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The meeting will be focused on “Goals for Year 2 and Your Mentor Relationship”. 

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The meeting will be focused on “Finding a Research Rotation Lab- Looking for a Perfect Match” 

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The IMSD program is hosting a Bootcamp for incoming and second-year IMSD students and friends. The program will include two workshops: “Learning How to Learn”, which will be presented by Hanin Rashid, Ph.D. Associate Director, Office for Advancing Learning, Teaching, and Assessment (ALTA), Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry Cognitive Skills Program RWJMS, and “Managing Emotional Wellness”, which will be presented by Dana Simons, MA, LPC, NCC, Community-Based Counselor, Rutgers Student Health. 

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Tentative Agenda:

1:30 – 1:35 pm (EDT)         Introduction

  • Dr. Evelyn Erenrich, RISE Director and Associate Dean, School of Graduate Studies

1:35 – 1:45  pm (EDT)       Welcome

  • Dr. Henrik Pedersen, Interim Dean, School of Graduate Studies
  • Dr.  Carolyn Moehling, Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education
  • Ms. Dee Magnoni, Associate University Librarian, Rutgers – New Brunswick

1:45 – 2:20  pm (EDT)      Plenary speaker, Dr. Mark Gregory Robson, Rutgers University Board of Governors Distinguished Service Professor and Professor of Plant Biology, Challenges and Opportunities in Global Health.

RISE (Research Intensive Summer Experience) at Rutgers seeks to pave the pathway to graduate study and research careers. We particularly encourage participation by underrepresented minority, disadvantaged, and first-generation college students as well as students from Predominantly Undergraduate Institutions. RISE and its Partner Programs are hosting 81 Scholars this summer, selected from over 1,500 applicants. This summer marks our 21st anniversary!

Historically a 10-week residential program, RISE and its partner programs pivoted during the pandemic to the virtual space. This summer, we are running an 8-week hybrid program. Our 81 Scholars, representing 57 sending schools from across the U.S. and its territories, are participating in research and scholarship under the guidance of carefully-matched Rutgers faculty mentors.  A rigorous suite of professional development activities complements the research, including scholarly writing and speaking, preparation for graduate school, guest speakers, and GRE preparation. . Lunch and Learn Seminars spotlight a broad scope of research at Rutgers; topics range from cutting-edge COVID-19 research, to the chemistry of art and music, to the changing demographics of 21st century America, and to the impact of smartphone nutrition apps on behavior and health.

Click here to view last year’s posters and Scholar-narrated video presentations.  2021 posters and video presentations will be available on July 29, 2021.

Then, please join our synchronous capstone event, Thursday, July 29, 2021 to meet our Scholars, enjoy moderator-facilitated discussion of their work, and participate in Q & A. And don’t miss our Innovation & Entrepreneurship presentation rooms where student groups discuss how their research can yield viable products that fill societal needs. Check back on July 26 to see the panelist names, times, and titles.

To learn more about RISE and its Partner Summer Programs, visit

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RISE Partner Programs at Rutgers:

  • National Science Foundation (NSF) Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) sites in Cellular Bioengineering, Green Energy Technology (“GET UP”), Advanced Materials, and Physics & Astronomy
  • Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) at the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy
  • RCSB Protein Data Bank
  • INSPIRE Postdoctoral Research & Education Program
  • Rutgers University Pipeline-Initiative to Maximize Student Development

We gratefully acknowledge support from:
Institutional sources:

  • School of Graduate Studies
  • Office of the Chancellor-New Brunswick
  • Office of the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs
  • Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy
  • Institute of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences
  • Italian Department
  • Rutgers Future Scholars


  • Aman Armaan Ahmed Family Trust
  • NASA New Jersey Space Grant Consortium
  • NIH MARC, U-RISE, IMSD, and IRACDA Programs
  • NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program
  • Faculty cost-share from NSF CAREER Awards and other research grants
  • Mellon Foundation
  • Kean College Office of the Provost

Our research program would not be possible without the support of the dedicated faculty members who have donated their time, energy, and in some cases materials and laboratory space. We are also extremely grateful for the financial support that some faculty mentors were able to provide through research grants or supplements. In addition, we thank the graduate students and postdocs near-peer mentors for their invaluable guidance.

The Symposium is made possible through the commitment and tireless effort of University Libraries in creating and hosting the synchronous and asynchronous platforms.

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Panel Discussions

Click on each session to see the full schedule of panelist names and titles.