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Centers and institutes serve as hubs of collaboration in areas as diverse as microbiology and papermaking. As innovative and interdisciplinary forums for trailblazing ideas, they allow scholars from across the university to tackle problems and make lasting contributions to the world’s body of knowledge.


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9 Centers & Institutes

  • The W. M. Keck Center for Collaborative Neuroscience is dedicated to multidisciplinary collaborative research and to accelerating the translation of scientific discoveries into effective human therapies. As part of the School of Arts and Sciences, the focus of the center’s work is spinal cord injury with findings also applicable to persons with brain injuries, stroke, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, amyotropic lateral sclerosis (ALS), transverse myelitis, and other problems of the central nervous system. The center operates on the belief that a cure is achievable and that collaboration is the means by which that goal will be reached.

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  • the Waksman Institute of Microbiology is an interdisciplinary research institute devoted to excellence in research. Focus areas include developmental biology, cell biology, biochemistry, structural biology, genetics, and genomics. Waksman supports the educational mission of Rutgers University. Our researchers hold faculty appointments in academic departments. As faculty, our researchers believe in nurturing students at every level from high school to post-doctoral, through outreach and fellowships.

  • The New Jersey Water Resources Research Institute (NJWRRI) is a Federally-funded program of research, training and information transfer concerning all aspects of fresh and estuarine water in the state. Its mission is to sponsor research on all aspects of water quality, water quantity, water use, and the management of water resources; train students at the undergraduate, graduate, and post graduate levels to become the next generation of water resources professionals for New Jersey, and facilitate the transfer of information from researchers to the public and to water resource managers.

  • WINLAB (Wireless Information Network Laboratory), an industry-university cooperative research center focused on wireless technology, was founded at New Jersey’s Rutgers University in 1989. Its research mission is to advance the development of wireless networking technology by combining the resources of government, industry and academia. The center's educational mission is to train the next generation of wireless technologists via graduate research programs that are especially relevant to industry.

  • The Center's mission is to advance the contributions of women in the arts and humanities by facilitating research, hosting visiting scholars and artists, mounting exhibitions, and engaging in university-community partnerships with artists, performers, scholars and cultural-makers. Our vision is to bring high quality educational and cultural opportunities to diverse global, national, regional, state, and university audiences

  • The Women in Science, Engineering, and Mathematics (WiSEM) supports the Rutgers University mission of outstanding teaching, research, and community engagement by advancing gender and racial equity in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), including social and health sciences. WiSEM works to advance gender and racial equity by providing resources and support for engagement and success in the sciences. Below is what we do and some specific examples of the programs, awards, and projects that support this effort.

  • The Center for Women's Global Leadership (CWGL) was founded by feminist activist Charlotte Bunch as a project of Douglass College in 1989. CWGL is affiliated with the School of Arts and Sciences, at Rutgers University. It is also part of the Office of International Programs and a member of the Institute for Women's Leadership (IWL) that connects sister institutes and centers that are committed to the progress of women at the university.

  • The John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development is based at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. The university-based research and policy center, founded in 1997, is dedicated to raising the effectiveness of the American workplace by strengthening workforce education, placement and training programs, and policies and has earned a reputation as one of the nation’s leading research centers for workforce development. The Center’s efforts concentrate on both nurturing concrete innovations in workforce practices, as well as addressing broad-scale economic policy changes that ensure Americans receive the education and training they need to be productive and prosperous in the knowledge economy of the 21st century. 

  • The World Languages Institute (WLI) provides K-12 language teachers with a graduate-level core program in pedagogy reflecting the New Jersey Student Learning Standard for World Languages and the National Standards for Second Language Teaching.