Graduate Recruitment, Retention, and Diversity (GR²aD)

Our Mission

The Center for Graduate Recruitment, Retention, and Diversity (GR²aD) leads initiatives to promote inclusive excellence and develops pathway efforts spanning the undergraduate to faculty levels. Our signature programs recruit graduate students from diverse backgrounds and develop initiatives to promote their success. We establish and maintain relationships with feeder schools, direct a summer research program for undergraduates, RISE (Research Intensive Summer Experience) at Rutgers, and develop funding and professional support mechanisms for graduate students. We lead participation in multi-institutional consortia to promote diversity in graduate education and to facilitate successful transition to faculty careers and the workforce. We provide support for the diversity, broadening participation, and broader impact components of faculty training and research grants and share best practices in recruitment with graduate programs.

RISE (Research Intensive Summer Experience) at Rutgers, Undergraduate Program

Sixty outstanding students, typically rising college juniors and seniors from across the U.S. and its territories, participate in cutting-edge research under the guidance of carefully matched faculty mentors. RISE particularly encourage applications from students from underrepresented or disadvantaged backgrounds, from first generation college families, or who attend Predominantly Undergraduate Institutions. RISE alumni have an outstanding record of success!

We are seeking high-achieving students who are passionate about research and considering graduate school. RISE applicants can opt to be automatically considered for our sister National Science Foundation REU (Research Experience for Undergraduate) and other partner programs at Rutgers. Learn more about the RISE Advantage and how to apply. The application opens in November, and rolling admission starts in late January. Acceptance is highly competitive.

Meet our RISE 2020 cohort

Summer Undergraduate Pipeline to Excellence at Rutgers Graduate (SUPER-Grad) Fellowship Program

SUPER-Grad provides fellowships for the most outstanding alumni of RISE and other diversity-focused summer programs who return to Rutgers for PhDs. The program supports Rutgers-New Brunswick’s objectives to promote a diverse and inclusive graduate population and to increase the pool of qualified U.S. PhDs who will catalyze innovation in tomorrow’s workforce, especially in STEM. Launched through the New Brunswick Strategic Plan, SUPER-Grad is funded by the Chancellor’s Office with matches from participating units. Learn more and meet our cohorts of Fellows.

Meet our Graduate Students & Alumni

Opportunities for Graduate Students and Postdocs: Fellowships, Conferences, & Professional Development

Fellowships to Broaden Participation in Graduate Study

Compact for Faculty Diversity: Institute on Teaching and Mentoring

National Research Mentoring Network-CIC Academic Network (NRMN-CAN):
NRMN-CAN is a collaboration of the Big Ten Academic Alliance. Using an interactive case study-based curriculum, the program offers mentorship training, professional development, and grantsmanship coaching to graduate students, postdocs, and faculty in STEM and the social/behavioral sciences. Graduate students and postdocs take advantage of “Mentoring Up” workshops to learn to navigate more successfully their relationships with their mentors. They also benefit from workshops designed to enable them to be more effective mentors for undergraduate research students. Workshop participants cite enhanced research productivity and an improved student experience. In 2020, we were excited to introduce the opportunity to earn digital badges for successful workshop completion.

A recent attendee commented: “I had an incredibly positive experience—probably the best I've had since I arrived at Rutgers."

2020-21 mentoring workshops will be virtual.

Annual Mentoring, Diversity, and Inclusion Forum
Each spring, GR²aD sponsors a half-day workshop for graduate students and postdocs who are committed to exploring and navigating the complex issues of diversity, equity, access, and inclusion in higher education. Learn more about this series and conference leadership opportunities for students.

Graduate/Postdoctoral Outreach Recruitment Ambassador Program
If you are interested in outreach, then help us recruit the next class of doctoral scholars. Represent us at the Rutgers exhibits at national research conferences and help with info sessions at undergraduate feeder schools or at your own graduate alma mater. We will train you to be an effective ambassador and provide materials and slides for presentations. Full travel funding is provided. Contact Dean Evelyn Erenrich for more info.

Conference Travel Awards

Opportunities for Faculty Engagement

Mentorship training – Faculty benefit from interactive, small-group workshops by trained Mentoring Facilitators, using robust case study-based curriculum developed through the National Research Mentoring Network. Trining on Culturally Aware Mentoring is a key focus.

Training and research grant support – We provide content and letters of support for broader impact, broadening participation, recruitment and retention, mentoring, and diversity and inclusion sections of grant proposals. For example, we are partnering with and supporting PIs for:

  • ✓   NSF CAREER awards, NRTs, REU sites

  • ✓   NIH T32 training grants and recently awarded IMSD (“Rutgers University Pipeline” for undergraduate and graduate students) and INSPIRE (postdoctoral training) grants

  • ✓   Individual investigator awards, including supplements to fund graduate students working with NSF and NIH PIs

  • ✓   Foundation grants

Best practices and materials for recruitment

Serve as a summer research mentor for an outstanding RISE at Rutgers Scholar

Opportunities for Undergraduates: Ready for Research at Rutgers (R³)

Resources for undergraduates considering research careers and graduate study:

Consortia and Alliances

GR²aD Fall '20 Recruitment Schedule

We’d like to meet you!

  • ✓   Learn more about graduate study and summer research internships at Rutgers flagship New Brunswick Campus,

  • ✓   Get inside tips on crafting a competitive application

  • ✓   Get personalized advice on your plans!

  • How to connect:

  • ✓   Email us at to schedule a one-on-one phone or Zoom appointment with the Dean for Recruitment

  • ✓   Stay tuned for a schedule of informal Zoom drop-in hours, to be posted soon

  • ✓   Attend a virtual campus visit, graduate fair, or conference. See schedule below.

  • August 5 – 7 NIH Virtual Graduate Fair
    Sat. Sept. 12, 12:30 – 4:30 pm National GEM Consortium Graduate Fair
    Wed. Sept. 23, 11:30 am Virtual Campus Visit at University of Puerto Rico – Rio Piedras
    Wed. Oct. 7, 12 noon (tentative) Virtual Campus Visit at University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC)
    Thurs. Oct 8, 10:30 am Virtual Campus Visit at University of Puerto Rico – Mayaguez
    Oct. 19 – 24 SACNAS National Diversity in STEM Conference
    Nov. 9 – 14 Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS)

    Additional venues will be added throughout the fall. If you would like to arrange a virtual workshop at your institution, please contact us at

    For more information, contact:
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    Evelyn S. Erenrich
    Associate Dean
    GR²aD Director