Diversity, Inclusion and Equity

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INSPIRE postdoctoral training preparesfuture faculty to succeed in researchand teaching. Interested?

Keynote presentations:
Dr. Henry Turner and Dr. Corrine Castro:
transformative initiatives to diversify Rutgers faculty

INSPIRE Alumni, now established faculty:
“How the INSPIRE Program prepared me for success in academia.”

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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.


Event Schedule


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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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 http://rise.rutgers.edu.

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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.

Featured Speakers
Panel Discussions

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