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RISE 2022 Symposium

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Join us as we return to an in-person Symposium and Poster Session to celebrate the outstanding accomplishments of our Summer Scholars. Following an inspirational plenary speaker, meet the 64 students and learn about the research they have done under the guidance of carefully-matched Rutgers faculty mentors. Participants represent 49 sending schools from 21 U.S. states and territories. 


Date: Wednesday, August 3, 2022
Time: 9 am – 1:30 pm
Busch Student Center



Time Program Name Presenter Location
9 – 9:30 AM Coffee and registration Fireside Lounge
9:30 – 9:40 AM Welcome Dr. Carolyn Moehling
Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education & Professor of Economics
Center Hall
9:40 – 9:50 AM Winners, 5 Minute Presentation (5MP) Competition

Amanda Derrell, Promoting awareness of core numerical ability & its influence on math anxiety. (Mentor: Prof. Jenny Wang).

Sarah Sywanycz, The Anti-Inflammatory drug Ibuprofen inhibits sweet taste. (Mentor: Prof. Paul Breslin)

Center Hall
9:50 – 10:50 AM Keynote Address Prof. Jeffrey Robinson
Provost, Rutgers-Newark & Prudential Chair, Rutgers School of Business, “The Five People You Should Meet On the Way to the Top”
Center Hall
11 – 11:55 AM Scholar Research Posters – Odd numbers Rooms 116, 120, and 122
12-12:55 PM Scholar Research Posters – Even numbers Rooms 116, 120, and 122
1:00 PM Networking Buffet Luncheon Multipurpose Room



View our posters and video presentations


Poster Locations and Project Abstracts

Please view our list of scholars, their biographies and abstracts here.


More About RISE

Participants Posing for Photo

RISE (Research Intensive Summer Experience) at Rutgers seeks to pave the pathway to graduate study and research careers. We particularly encourage participation by underrepresented minority, disadvantaged, and first-generation college students as well as students from Predominantly Undergraduate Institutions.

2022 marks our 22nd anniversary! We are excited to resume a 10-week residential program after a two-year pandemic pivot to virtual and hybrid delivery. RISE and its partner programs are hosting 64 Scholars, selected from over 1000 applicants. The Scholars represent 49 sending schools from 21 U.S. states and territories. They are spending the summer actively engaged in research and scholarship under the guidance of matched Rutgers faculty mentors and graduate student near-peers.  A rigorous suite of professional development activities complements the research, including scholarly writing and speaking, preparation for graduate school, responsible conduct of research and ethics, field trips, and GRE preparation. Lunch and Learn seminars spotlight a broad scope of research at Rutgers.

To learn more, visit




RISE Partner Programs at Rutgers:

  • National Science Foundation (NSF) Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) sites in Cellular Bioengineering, Green Energy Technology (“GET UP”), Advanced Materials, and Physics & Astronomy
  • Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) at the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy
  • RCSB Protein Data Bank
  • INSPIRE Postdoctoral Research & Education Program
  • Waksman Institute of Microbiology


More about our Keynote Speaker

Jeffrey Robinson Image

We are excited to announce our Symposium plenary speaker, Professor Jeffrey Robinson, who will give a talk, “The Five People You Should Meet On the Way to the Top.” As of July 1, 2002, Dr. Robinson assumed the position of Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor at Rutgers-Newark. As a faculty member at Rutgers Business School, he holds the Prudential Chair and serves as Academic Director of the Center for Urban Entrepreneurship & Economic Development. His projects address such topics as diversity, economic inclusion, inclusive entrepreneurship, and innovation, especially in urban metropolitan areas in the United States and abroad. Learn more about Dr. Robinson here.



AcknowledgementsLab Work

We gratefully acknowledge financial support from:
Institutional sources:

  • School of Graduate Studies
  • Office of the Chancellor-New Brunswick
  • Office of the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs
  • Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy
  • Waksman Institute of Microbiology


  • Aman Armaan Ahmed Family
  • NASA New Jersey Space Grant Consortium
  • NIH MARC, U-RISE, ADAR and IRACDA Programs
  • NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program
  • Faculty cost-share from NSF CAREER Awards and other research grants
  • Kean University Office of the Provost
  • Society of Toxicology

Vanessa In labOur research program would not be possible without the support of the dedicated faculty members who have donated their time, energy, and laboratory supplies and space. We are also grateful for the financial support that some faculty mentors provided through research grants or supplements. In addition, we thank the graduate students and postdoctoral near-peer mentors for their invaluable guidance and commitment.

Our program comes together only through the dedication and countless hours of hard work on the part of the Program Directors and staff, acknowledged with deep gratitude.

We thank University Libraries for their help designing and hosting this site and for maintaining a digital archive of posters and video presentations.



Past years’ exhibits

To visit the 2021 and 2020 Symposia pages, please select from he links below: