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. Rolling admissions start in late January. Acceptance is highly competitive.

Meet our RISE 2018 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 4 cohorts of Fellows.

Meet our Graduate Students & Alumni

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

Fellowships to Advance Inclusive Excellence

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 funded by an NIH grant. The program offers mentorship training for faculty and professional development and grantsmanship coaching to graduate students, postdocs, and junior faculty in biological, clinical, environmental, and social/behavioral sciences. Postdocs and faculty receive full funding to attend conferences at the Big Ten Center in Chicago. Graduate students attend “Mentoring Up” and professional development workshops on campus. A recent attendee commented: “I had an incredibly positive experience—probably the best I've had since I arrived at Rutgers." Read more..

On-campus events at Rutgers amplify and sustain the training.

  • ✓  MENTORING: Our NRMN-trained Facilitators hold “Mentoring Up” workshops for graduate students, postdocs, and summer research interns. Participants cite enhanced research productivity and an improved student experience.
  • ✓  GRANTSMANSHIP: Coaching groups launched at the Big Ten conferences continue to meet monthly at Rutgers. Additional writing retreats available for graduate students.

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

Big Ten Academic Alliance NIH grant for the National Research Network-CIC Academic Network (NRMN-CAN):

  • ✓  Fully funded opportunities for all faculty to be trained at the Big Ten Center in Chicago as Mentoring Specialists and Grantsmanship Coaches and to join a network of colleagues through the Big Ten.

  • ✓  For junior faculty: Fully funded grantsmanship and professional development workshops at the Big Ten Center, with follow-up grantwriting coaching on the Rutgers campus.

    ***2018-19 Conference Schedule at the Big Ten Center in Chicago***

  • ✓  Mentor training at Rutgers. Interactive small-group workshops by trained Mentoring Facilitators, using NRMN curriculum and case studies. Program rollout November 30, 2018.

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 '18 Recruitment Schedule

Oct. 10–13: Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) “The National Diversity in STEM Conference”, San Antonio, TX, Booth 819

Oct. 22: Graduate Fair at the University of Maryland Baltimore County, Meyerhoff Program

Oct 23 – 26: GR²aD in Puerto Rico: Info Sessions at UPR-Rio Piedras Campus and UPR-Humacao (Wed. Oct 24), Mayaguez Campus (Thur Oct 25), Aguadilla Campus, UPR-Cayey, and Universidad del Turabo

Nov. 14 – 17: Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS), Indianapolis, IN, Booth 1014

Contact us if you would like to meet with a (GR²aD) representative at any of these venues or to invite a speaker to your school or organization.

For more information, contact:
Evelyn Erenrich image
Evelyn S. Erenrich
Associate Dean
GR²aD Director
848-932-6584/848-932-9286
erenrich@rutgers.edu