Rutgers Undergraduates


Have you ever considered a career in biological/biomedical science? Would you like to try research as part of your Rutgers experience?


The Rutgers biological/biomedical science community offers many exciting opportunities for your undergraduate research, and we value and support a diverse community of scientists and scholars. Rutgers has breadth and depth in many areas, including: neuroscience, structural biology, genetics, basic molecular biology and biochemistry, biomedical engineering, cancer biology, immunology, virology, and nutritional sciences, among others.


The Rutgers University Pipeline-IMSD Program (RUP-IMSD), funded by a grant from the National Institutes of Health*, provides opportunities for Rutgers undergrads, particularly those who are from groups historically under-represented in the biological/biomedical sciences in the U.S., to get hands-on training and experience in research in a supportive and mentored environment, and to consider whether biomedical/biological science may be in your future.  


Rutgers undergrads who are accepted as RUP-IMSD Scholars are eligible for financial and mentoring support as they pursue research at Rutgers or elsewhere. Program support begins with discussions between you and the Program Staff to identify a laboratory matching your interests.


How to start? 

We envision students usually beginning during the summer after sophomore year, by conducting research full-time in a Rutgers laboratory for 10 weeks as RUP-IMSD Scholars in conjunction with theResearch in Science and Engineering (RiSE) Program”. Students accepted as RUP-IMSD Scholars receive a salary of $5000 for their full-time commitment. Interested students should first contact the Program Coordinator to discuss their interest, and then apply through the on-line RiSE website. RUP-IMSD Scholars may also receive travel funds to a scientific conference to present the results of their research.


Then what?

We encourage RUP-IMSD Scholars to make research a continuing theme in their Rutgers experience, perhaps leading to a senior honors thesis, and possibly graduate school.


One possible sequence of activities might be:

  • Sophomore year, spring: Apply for the RUP-IMSD program

  • Summer after sophomore year: Conduct full-time, mentored research for 10 weeks in a Rutgers lab, with coordinated student/scientific development activities, through the “Research in Science and Engineering (RiSE) at Rutgers” Program.

  • Junior year: Continue research in the same lab or in a different lab (for course credit or financial support). Participate in on-going mentoring and development activities, and interactions with other campus research programs.

  • Summer after junior year: Conduct full-time research, either at Rutgers or at another institution (we’ll help you find it).

  • Senior year: Continue research, possibly as part of a senior thesis. Continue to receive individualized mentoring and to participate in ongoing program activities.


Not all undergrad trainees will be able to perform research through 2 summers and 2 academic years because of other priorities, so research commitments will be individualized in consultation with the IMSD Program Coordinator.


We hope our programs match your interests, and we encourage your questions and application. Additional information can be found on our FAQS page. 
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*The Rutgers University Pipeline (RUP)/IMSD Program is funded by Grant #R25 GM055145, through the Initiative for Maximizing Student Diversity (IMSD) Program of the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

For the purpose of the IMSD program, UR groups include those reported by the National Science Foundation as well as the National Academies to be nationally underrepresented in biomedical sciences (i.e., African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, natives of U.S. Pacific Islands and people with disabilities). 




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