Summer Undergraduate Research Institute

The Summer Undergraduate Research Institute brings college students to Rutgers-Newark for a one-of-a-kind opportunity to conduct original lab research with our award-winning faculty. The program is designed for undergraduates in STEM fields who plan to pursue graduate programs or medical school after graduating. 


The seven-week Institute is ideal for those students looking to expand their horizons with hands-on-research experience. Program participants are assigned to labs in a range of fields, including  Psychology, Mathematics, Cell Biology, Herpetology, Geology, Neuroscience, and Atmospheric Chemistry. At the end of the summer, program participants share their research and findings with our campus community.

In addition to their research, program participants also engage in weekly seminar meetings on cutting-edge topics in scientific discovery, ethics and professional development, and the graduate school admissions process. Group activities are also planned to immerse students in the scientific and research community in our region. And we also have fun!

Given the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, it is anticipated that this program will be virtual for Summer 2021; if an in-person program is feasible, the program will be residential and will include housing for all participants in residence. 

Program Benefits:

  • Stipend:  $3,000

  • Housing + Travel (if residential):  On-Campus housing provided for participants residing outside the NYC metropolitan area. Those traveling from outside the area may also qualify for up to $500 in travel assistance.

  • Application Assistance:  Program alumni are eligible for application fee waivers when applying to Rutgers Graduate School-Newark.

  • Mentoring and Support for applying to graduate school, including free GRE prep.


Summer 2021 Application Deadline: March 31, 2021 (apply here)

More information about our graduate programs, faculty, and research centers can be found here.


Rutgers Graduate School - Newark

Office of the Dean

185 University Avenue

John Cotton Dana Library, Suite 306
Newark, New Jersey 07102

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