Project AGER: Advancing Graduate Education at Rutgers is a National Science Foundation (NSF) initiative based at the Graduate School–New Brunswick (GSNB) and funded by an Innovation through Institutional Integration (I-cubed) grant.
I-cubed is a highly-visible NSF program which challenges universities like Rutgers to improve education and training, and encourage innovation, by integrating best practices of successful programs within institutions, while facilitating the dissemination of best practices nationwide. 
Project AGER, created through the grant and administered by GSNB, is developing a sustainable structure that identifies and integrates best practices in graduate education both horizontally across graduate programs and vertically with the undergraduate research programs.  A primary goal of Project AGER is to expand and enhance the resources and training opportunities provided to graduate students.
Project AGER objectives include:
  • Creation of a more centralized infrastructure for sharing best practices in curriculum, professional development, research ethics, mentoring, and retention.
  • Integration and expansion of programs to train graduate students to become effective researchers, mentors, and teachers 
  • Programs to help incoming graduate students transition to graduate school
  • Creation of links and ties between graduate and undergraduate research opportunities helping to establish robust pathways for the transition to graduate education and research, including the expansion of summer undergraduate research programs and coordinating information, recruiting, and activity sharing across programs. 
  • Integration and expansion of programs to prepare and recruit a diverse student population from Rutgers and other institutions to pursue graduate education.