Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

We are committed to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion in all aspects of our mission, with the certainty that, by embracing the full spectrum of human diversity, we enrich our intellectual and scientific endeavors and strengthen our collective capacity to improve human health.

Programs and Initiatives for Enhancing Diversity in STEM
Ronald E. McNair Post-baccalaureate Achievement Program Through a grant competition, funds are awarded to institutions of higher education to prepare eligible participants for doctoral studies through involvement in research and other scholarly activities. Participants are from disadvantaged backgrounds and have demonstrated strong academic potential. Institutions work closely with participants as they complete their undergraduate requirements. The goal is to increase the attainment of Ph.D. degrees by students from underrepresented segments of society.
Initiative to Maximize Student Diversity Research training program to develop a diverse pool of scientists earning a Ph.D., who have the skills to successfully transition into careers in the biomedical research workforce. Training grants offset the cost of stipends, tuition and fees, and training related expenses, including health insurance, for the appointed trainees in accordance with the approved NIH support levels.
RISE (Research Intensive Summer Experience) at Rutgers RISE at Rutgers is a nationally acclaimed summer research program for outstanding undergraduates from diverse backgrounds. Scholars participate in 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.
Rutgers Youth Enjoy Science (RUYES) The Rutgers Youth Enjoy Science (RUYES) program seeks to encourage youth from groups that are underrepresented in the biomedical sciences to pursue cancer research and healthcare careers.
Summer Pipeline to Excellence at Rutgers Graduate (SUPER Grad) Awards prestigious fellowships to outstanding alumni of our summer undergraduate research programs who return to Rutgers for graduate school. Candidates for these fellowships include alumni of the RISE at Rutgers program, partner REU sites, and other diversity-focused summer programs who are admitted to Rutgers doctoral programs.
CURE (Continuing Umbrella for Research Experience) The Cancer Institute of New Jersey (CINJ) provides research training and academic and professional enrichment activities for highly motivated, local, underserved students (high school and undergraduate).
Big Ten Academic Alliance Diversity Initiatives  Big Ten Academic Alliance universities are committed to fostering campus communities that reflect the broader diversity of our nation. From undergraduate research to the doctorate, member universities share resources for recruiting and developing diverse talent pools.
NSF Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP) Supports alliances among institutions of higher education to design and implement strategies that increase the number of historically underrepresented STEM faculty and promote systemic change.
National Name Exchange A consortium of 55 nationally recognized research institutions which annually collect and exchange the names of their talented but underrepresented ethnic minority students who are in their sophomore, junior or senior year of their undergraduate education. 
Graduate Education for Minorities (GEM) A consortium intended to enhance the value of the nation’s human capital by increasing the participation of underrepresented groups (African Americans, American Indians, and Hispanic Americans) at the master’s and doctoral levels in engineering and science.
The Institute for Teaching and Mentoring The largest gathering of underrepresented minority PhD scholars in the U.S., providing a safe environment for doctoral scholars to share insights and survival tips for success in graduate work, build community among themselves, enrich their research and teaching strategies, and give scholars the skills that will serve them in the profession of their choice.