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RISE Program Virtual Symposium

Mark Gregory Robson
We are excited to welcome plenary speaker, University Board of Governor’s Distinguished Service Professor Mark Gregory Robson, who will discuss “Challenges and Opportunities in Global Health.”

Thursday, July 29, 2021


1:30 – 1:35 pm (EDT)         Introduction

  • Dr. Evelyn Erenrich, RISE Director and Associate Dean, School of Graduate Studies

1:35 – 1:45  pm (EDT)       Welcome

  • Dr. Henrik Pedersen, Interim Dean, School of Graduate Studies
  • Dr.  Carolyn Moehling, Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education
  • Ms. Dee Magnoni, Associate University Librarian, Rutgers – New Brunswick

1:45 – 2:20  pm (EDT)      Plenary speaker, Dr. Mark Gregory Robson, Rutgers University Board of Governors Distinguished Service Professor and Professor of Plant Biology, Challenges and Opportunities in Global Health.

Panel Discussions:

Click on each session to see the full schedule of panelist names and titles.

Session 1:  2:30 –  3:05 pm (EDT)

Session 2: 3:15 –  3:50 pm (EDT)

Session 3: 4:00 – 4:45 pm (EDT)


2021 posters and video presentations


thumbnail of a poster

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. RISE and its Partner Programs are hosting 81 Scholars this summer, selected from over 1,500 applicants. This summer marks our 21st anniversary!

Historically a 10-week residential program, RISE and its partner programs pivoted during the pandemic to the virtual space. This summer, we are running an 8-week hybrid program. Our 81 Scholars, representing 57 sending schools from across the U.S. and its territories, are participating in research and scholarship under the guidance of carefully-matched Rutgers faculty mentors.  A rigorous suite of professional development activities complements the research, including scholarly writing and speaking, preparation for graduate school, guest speakers, and GRE preparation. . Lunch and Learn Seminars spotlight a broad scope of research at Rutgers; topics range from cutting-edge COVID-19 research, to the chemistry of art and music, to the changing demographics of 21st century America, and to the impact of smartphone nutrition apps on behavior and health.

2021 posters and video presentations are now available.

Then, please join our synchronous capstone event, Thursday, July 29, 2021 to meet our Scholars, enjoy moderator-facilitated discussion of their work, and participate in Q & A. And don’t miss our Innovation & Entrepreneurship presentation rooms where student groups discuss how their research can yield viable products that fill societal needs. Here is the panelist names, times, and titles.  Please click on the title of each project to see the students’ presentations.

To learn more about RISE and its Partner Summer Programs, visit

RISE Partner Programs at Rutgers: Orientation group picture of students

  • 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
  • Rutgers University Pipeline-Initiative to Maximize Student Development

We gratefully acknowledge 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
  • Institute of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences
  • Italian Department
  • Rutgers Future Scholars


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

Our research program would not be possible without the support of the dedicated faculty members who have donated their time, energy, and in some cases materials and laboratory space. We are also extremely grateful for the financial support that some faculty mentors were able to provide through research grants or supplements. In addition, we thank the graduate students and postdocs near-peer mentors for their invaluable guidance.

The Symposium is made possible through the commitment and tireless effort of University Libraries in creating and hosting the synchronous and asynchronous platforms.