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The RISE Advantage


Rutgers is ranked a top 20 public research university in the nation and top 100 world in the world. We are a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities and of the Big Ten Academic Alliance. We pride ourselves on the 3R’s – Research, Reputation, and Resources – with over 300 Centers and Institutes and an annual research budget of $750 million. 36 of our graduate programs rank in the nation’s top 50*. To learn more about the School of Graduate Studies, click here.


*U.S. News and World Report


The RISE Program Directors will continue to advise you on an ongoing basis as you plan your next steps. In addition, you may be able to continue your research remotely during the academic year. Many such arrangements lead to publications in peer-reviewed journals.


For 10 week in-person program:

  • Stipend: $5,000 - $6,000 (stipend varies for partner REU programs)

  • Free on-campus housing

  • Travel to campus for up to $500

  • Free GRE prep course valued at $1,300


  • Free on-campus housing in air-conditioned apartments. Part of a vibrant, multi-cultural community

  • Graduate student Resident Advisors provide guidance and facilitate social activities

  • State-of-the art campus recreation center with an Olympic pool, fitness center, and beach volleyball


  • Rigorous training in oral and written research communication skills

  • Graduate school admission workshops, including review of your personal statement

  • Exploration of career options, including field trips to pharmaceutical and technology companies. RISE Scholars may be able to arrange future internships with our industrial partners.

  • Capstone Symposium with both oral and poster presentations

  • GRE prep (optional)

  • Award-winning presentations at national conferences

  • Placement at top graduate schools


  • Located at the epicenter of the nation's pharmaceutical and high technology industries. New Jersey employs more scientific professionals than any other state

  • Beautiful Atlantic beachfront and mountains and the excitement of New York City less than an hour away

  • Public transportation links the Rutgers campus to the powerhouse Boston-New York-Philadelphia-Washington corridor

  • 30 minutes from Newark Liberty International Airport, with frequent service to destinations throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico


When you are ready to apply for grad school:

One Application - Multiple Opportunities

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