Details and Frequently Asked Questions

The Co-Directors of INSPIRE are Dr. Martha Soto, Associate Professor of the Department of Pathology and Dr. Gary A. Brewer, Interim Chair of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.  Dr. Soto was Director of the Postdoctoral Career Development Program of RWJMS from 2010 to 2017, when she helped Rutgers launch the new campus-wide Rutgers Office of Postdoctoral Affairs.  Dr. Soto is also the Founder and Faculty Advisor for the BIO Links (Biosciences Links to Teaching) K-12 Outreach Program.  In Bio Links, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows at RWJMS and Rutgers partner with local middle school and high school science teachers, serving diverse student populations.

The INSPIRE program support coordinator is Dr. Jianping Xu, who was recognized as a 2015 Exemplary Diversity Scholar by National Center for Institutional Diversity (NCID) at University of Michigan.

The program coordinators at our 3 MSI partner schools are:

Dr. Emily Monroe, Assistant Professor at William Paterson University;

Dr. Cindy Arrigo, Associate Professor at New Jersey City University;

Dr. Edward J. Catapane, Professor at Medgar Evers College-CUNY.

Faculty and program coordinators from these schools play an integral role in the educational training and professional development of our INSPIRE Fellows.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I choose INSPIRE?

Research: INSPIRE postdoctoral fellows at Rutgers-RWJMS are strong researchers and publish in high-impact journals.  They enjoy the advantage of being mentored by faculty from various disciplines and areas who are committed to both research and mentoring. Our faculty members serving on the INSPIRE program have strong records of funding and mentoring.

    Teaching: Our fellows receive mentoring and support for their teaching at minority-serving institutions in NJ and NY. Besides participating in a comprehensive Scientific Teaching Workshop in Year 1 of their postdoctoral training, they also receive on-going advice from their Teaching Mentors, i.e., faculty members at our 3 partner institutions who are also committed to research, teaching, and mentoring.

    Diversity: INSPIRE fellows have been diverse themselves, AND they have made a difference in teaching and mentoring under-served student populations at the 3 minority-serving institutions as well as on the Rutgers Campus.

    Career Development: Ideally located in the thriving NY-NJ-PA tri-state area, INSPIRE has had outstanding sucess with our fellows obtaining often tenure track faculty positions and industry positions. Rutgers Office of Postdoctoral Affairs has monthly events with invited speakers on topics such as Time Management, Grant-writing and Networking skills, which play a significant role in our fellows' career success.

    Who is eligible to apply?

    • Applicants must be U.S. citizens or Permanent Residents.
    • Support is generally provided for 3 years to fellows who have completed less than one year of previous postdoctoral training. More advanced fellows will only be accepted if support is available from other sources for the portion of INSPIRE training beyond 4 years of total training after obtaining the Ph.D. degree.
    • Research advisors may be widely selected from among faculty of RWJMS (Piscataway or New Brunswick) or collaborating faculty at Rutgers University (Piscataway or New Brunswick).
    • Applicants are encouraged to match with appropriate research advisors independently from the INSPIRE application process. This will ensure that the lab you may be joining has the resources to support you, even if you are not chosen for the INSPIRE Program.