Kirsten Allen: Quad Fellowship

  • August 22, 2023
Awards & Honors

We want to congratulate Kirsten on her acceptance and participation in the inaugural year of the Quad Fellowship program. Her remarks on the program truly say it all...

HHMI Gilliam Fellowship - Irving Estevez

  • July 27, 2023
Awards & Honors

Irving Estevez a PhD student in the Neuroscience graduate program at Rutgers has been awarded a prestigious Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Gilliam Fellowship in July 2023.  Nationally, there are only 50 Gilliam Fellows awarded per year for students conducting outstanding research in their respective scientific fields and their advisers who are committed to building a more inclusive scientific ecosystem. Irving’s thesis advisor is Brian P.


  • April 30, 2023
Alumni Achievements

The Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the School of Graduate Studies is delighted to showcase the accomplishments of our current students and program alumni. For this final SPOTLIGHT of the 2022-2023 academic year, we are excited to showcase RISE alum and SUPER-GRAD fellow, Caitlyn Tobita.

Read below to find out more about Caitlyn. Thank you, Caitlyn, for sharing your experiences with the SGS community!

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PhD Candidate 

SUPER-GRAD Fellow and RISE Alum Zoey Eddy Receives Two Prestigious Awards

  • April 14, 2023
Awards & Honors

Congratulations to Zoey Eddy, a second year PhD student in Social Psychology and a 2020 alumna of the RISE at Rutgers summer program, who was awarded two highly competitive national fellowships: a 2023 National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship and a 2023 Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship.

Event Description

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Beyond Coping: A Social Perspective on Graduate Student Mental Health

Monday, April 24, 5-7 pm

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Across disciplines, graduate school is a demanding experience that requires navigating both power relations and the complexities of research, career development, and graduate student life. Graduate students are also whole people, caring for children or family members, moving through graduate study as first-generation college students, and witnessing and responding to societal oppressions (i.e., racism, ableism, sexism). In this “fireside chat,” graduate students come together to reflect on graduate student mental health and explore strategies and analyses that move beyond coping to addressing the structural forces and power dynamics that inform graduate students’ experiences. Graduate student panelists and CAPS community-based counselor Shan Reeves will discuss mental health from a social perspective and explore how to identify and build solidarity circles with peers, mentors, and fellow graduate students; how to navigate difficult relationships with advisors; how to access Rutgers & community-based support services; and ultimately, how to move from an individualist, deficit-based perspective on mental health to one that accounts for the contexts and histories that shape graduate students' educational experiences. 


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Recent RISE Alum Accomplishments

  • March 13, 2023
Research Intensive Summer Experience (RISE) at Rutgers

The Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the School of Graduate Studies is delighted to highlight some recent accomplishments of Research Intensive Summer Experience (RISE) alum.

Congratulations to the following RISE Scholars:

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Rising Stars in Neuroscience

  • March 1, 2023
Awards & Honors

Congratulations to Courtney McDermott who has has been selected for the University of Utah Rising Star in Neuroscience Symposium. This program seeks to provide career development and mentorship for exceptional late-stage graduate students in neuroscience, with a strong focus on spotlighting scientists from under-represented minority groups. Activities at the multi-day workshop in May include:

RISE Alum Jailen Doyle Wins 1st Place Poster at 2023 Emerging National Researchers Conference

  • February 23, 2023
Research & Scholarship

RISE 2022 alum, Jailen Doyle recently presented at the 2023 Emerging National Researchers (ERN) Conference in Washington DC where she won the 1st Place prize for the Chemistry and Chemical Sciences undergraduate poster category!

Jailen Doyle

Event Description

Mentoring for Social Justice and Community-Building in Higher Education

with Anneliese Singh, PhD, LPC, Chief Diversity Officer at Tulane University

March 30, 12-2pm, Zoom

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Talk Description

Mentoring of students in higher education often centers students’ academic and career development without a sufficient power analysis to understand how structural issues and social identities shape the mentoring relationship itself. In this talk, Anneliese Singh will apply sociocultural and critical race theories to mentoring, guiding participants through a deconstruction of the ideas and beliefs that shape our understandings of mentoring and moving toward an analysis of the structural forces that inform mentoring relationships, all in service of cultivating a more just and power-conscious mentoring practice. Participants will learn power-conscious mentoring strategies that can be implemented across disciplinary areas to support undergraduate and graduate students’ personal, professional, and academic thriving. Anneliese will intersperse breakout rooms and discussion prompts throughout the talk, offering participants an active space to reflect and make connections to their own mentoring practice with students.

About Anneliese Singh

Anneliese Singh, PhD, LPC (she/they) is a Professor and Associate Provost for Faculty Development and Diversity/Chief Diversity Officer at Tulane University. Her scholarship and community organizing explores racial healing and racial justice, as well as the resilience, trauma, and identity development experiences of queer and trans people, with a focus on young people and BIPOC people. Anneliese is the author of The Racial Healing Handbook: Practical Activities to Help You Challenge Privilege, Confront Systemic Racism, and Engage in Collective Healing and The Queer and Trans Resilience Workbook. Anneliese is co-founder of the Georgia Safe Schools Coalition and the Trans Resilience Project. Dr. Singh is @anneliesesingh on Twitter and Instagram, and her website is


~Co-sponsors: School of Graduate Studies, Douglass Residential College, the Division of Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Engagement, the School of Social Work, the School of Arts & Sciences, the School of Engineering, and the School of Environmental & Biological Sciences~

This event is part of the Mentoring for Social Justice and Community-Building Project, a joint SGS and DRC initiative supported by the IDEA Innovation Grant.