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Summer 2021 Application Opening Soon

Summer 2021 Dates: June 1-August 6

Congratulations to Our Summer 2020 Scholars!

Although in-person undergraduate research was suspended due to COVID-19, RISE students engaged in virtual research and a robust virtual enrichment and professional development component. See our 2020 Virtual Symposium for more.

RISE at Rutgers is a nationally acclaimed summer research program for outstanding undergraduates from diverse backgrounds. Scholars participate in 10 weeks of cutting-edge research in the biological, physical, and social/ behavioral sciences, math, engineering, and exciting interdisciplinary areas under the guidance of carefully matched faculty mentors. A comprehensive professional development component, including GRE preparation, complements the research.

If you are a high-achieving student, passionate about research, and considering graduate school, then RISE may be for you. By applying to RISE, you can opt to be automatically be considered for our sister National Science Foundation REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates) and other programs at Rutgers.

We particularly encourage applications from students from underrepresented, disadvantaged, non-traditional or first-generation college backgrounds or who attend schools with limited research opportunities.

Hear our students' thoughts on RISE:

"A life-changing experience that encouraged me to learn more, do more, and be more." 

Keyerra Daniels

"As a student from a smaller school, I was challenged to go beyond my comfort zone...I am now applying to Rutgers for a PhD."

Jael Estrada

"Amazing research, a welcoming lab, and the experience necessary to apply for a competitive PhD program."

Hector Loyola Irizarry

  • 2021 Application Opens October 2020

  • 2021 Summer Program Dates TBA

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