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:
- Cell and Developmental Biology Ph.D. candidate Eileen Oni is working to identify genetic risks factors for alcoholism while participating in the innovative iJobs program.
- Or Caspi, a Ph. D. student at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, examines the ways the physical environment, such as topography and land use, and the social environment, including public policies and social attitudes, impact how city dwellers use bicycles and other light transport
- 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.
- Geography Ph.D. candidate Rohi Muthyala travels to Greenland to study how melting water cuts channels in ice sheets as it moves from the surface to the ocean.
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, eight 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. The School of Graduate Studies is a unit of both Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences and Rutgers–New Brunswick.
- Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy
- Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
- School of Graduate Studies
- School of Health Professions
- School of Nursing
- 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.
- School of Graduate Studies Fellowships, Awards, and Other Funding: Special fellowships and other funding and award opportunities provided and/or administered by the School of Graduate Studies.
- GradFund: Sponsored by the School of Graduate Studies, the GradFund office helps Rutgers graduate students identify and apply for external funding opportunities. GradFund’s database has over 4,000 fellowship and grant records. 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.