First-rate graduate research happens every day at Rutgers. And you should expect nothing less from a member of the Association of American Universities, a group comprising North America’s 62 leading research universities.
Drawn to Rutgers
At Rutgers University–New Brunswick, graduate students encounter faculty mentors at the top of their game; the most extensive network of research centers, institutes, laboratories, and facilities in New Jersey; flexible and collaborative programs; collegial contacts with other research universities and organizations; and the library and computing power to move work forward.
What Are Graduate Students Researching?
In top-rated programs from accounting to women’s and gender studies, Rutgers graduate students wrestle with questions that span the range of human thought and endeavor. Here’s a sampling:
- Master in public policy candidate Jui Agrawal, vice president of public policy for the Rutgers Association of Planning and Policy Students, assists with research related to disability employment at the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development.
- Anthropology Ph.D. candidate Chaunetta Jones’s inquiries focus on people living with HIV/AIDS in South Africa, providing a window into how individuals respond to health crises in resource-poor communities.
- Elena Tartaglia and Brooke Maslo, Ph.D. students in the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources, applied urban ecology principles to the restoration master plan for the Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park, New Jersey’s newest National Historical Park.
- At the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Illinois, physics Ph.D. candidate Brian Tice scatters beams of particles, such as protons, electrons, or neutrinos from atomic nuclei, to measure the internal structure of protons and neutrons to unprecedented degrees of precision.
- Oceanography Ph.D. candidate Seyed Aboozar Tabatabai works to develop realistic modeling of carbon cycling, pollutant dispersion, and sediment transport in the ocean.
What We're Working on Right Now
From schizophrenia to shellfish parasites, finding polynomial roots to the Green Movement in Iran, get a sense of the broad range of inquiry going on at Rutgers. Head over to YouTube and hear the researchers themselves discuss their work.
Powerful Health Sciences Research
Under the umbrella of Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, nine Rutgers schools and numerous centers, institutes, and clinics work together to conduct research, develop health care solutions, and deliver treatment to the people of New Jersey and the United States. The division is closely aligned with Rutgers University–New Brunswick and six of these schools have a presence on the Rutgers–New Brunswick Campus.
- Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
- Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
- School of Health Related Professions
- School of Nursing
- Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy
- School of Public Health
Other prominent Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences units on campus include:
Powerful New Microscopes
Rutgers is now the only university in the world that's home to both a scanning transmission electron microscope and a helium ion microscope. The microscopes help researchers develop nanotechnology used to fight cancer, generate power, and create more powerful electronics.
Resources for Researchers
Tools and Tips
Enhance your research activities and feed your entrepreneurial drive. Get some guidance from these resources.
- Center for Innovative Ventures of Emerging Technologies
- Environmental Health and Safety Guidelines for Researchers
- Human Subjects Research
- International Travel for Research
- Laboratory Animal Services Training
- Library Research Guides
- Office for the Promotion of Women in Science, Engineering, and Mathematics
- Thesis and Dissertation Style Guide
- Thesis and Dissertation Workshops
Internal grants, external grants, fellowships, teaching assistantships, scholarships, and departmental awards are just some of the ways graduate students find financial support for their research. Many students have had great success in obtaining funding. Contact your academic department or school to explore options. Here’s a sampling of possibilities.
- Graduate Financial Assistance: Find graduate financial aid in three categories: merit-based fellowships, assistantships, and scholarships; need-based grants, loans, and employment; and non-need-based loans.
- U.S. Department of Education Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN): Competitive federal grants in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Math and BioMaPS are two areas at Rutgers–New Brunswick with GAANN grants.
- Graduate School–New Brunswick Fellowships, Awards, and Other Funding: Special fellowships and other funding and award opportunities provided and/or administered by the Graduate School–New Brunswick.
- Presidential Fellows: Outstanding prospective Ph.D. students can apply for $35,000 annual fellowship stipends for one year.
- GradFund,: With more than 4,000 records, this database helps Ph.D. students identify external funding for graduate study and research. A Rutgers NetID is required for access.
- National Science Foundation (NSF) Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship: NSF grants support doctoral candidates in the sciences and engineering.
- Rutgers Office of Distinguished Fellowships offers assistance to students interested in pursuing fellowship opportunities.