Exploring Excellence at Rutgers

Standing among the nation's leading research universities, Rutgers is acclaimed for the achievements of our people and for their contributions to society and the pursuit of knowledge.

Rutgers' Latest Innovation in the Fight against COVID-19

Rapid Diagnostic Test for Virus Variants

What’s different about the Rutgers COVID-19 variant test? It cuts from days to hours the time it takes to obtain results. Rutgers shared this latest innovation on an open-source basis to serve the greater good, enabling swift, responsive test modifications as new variants emerge.

The new rapid test is easy to set up and can be adapted for labs that use varying types of equipment and methods. The open-source test is free to use as described or modify as needed.

“This rapid test was developed and tested over a few weeks in a crash program to respond to a serious public health need,” said David Alland, director of the Rutgers New Jersey Medical School (NJMS) Public Health Research Institute and professor and chief of infectious disease at NJMS. “Despite our hurry to get the test completed, it performed extremely well. We hope that this test will help in the control of the rapidly evolving COVID-19 pandemic.”

Pictured: David Alland

Portrait of David Alland

Finding Solutions to End the Pandemic

Rutgers is making game-changing contributions in the fight against COVID-19.

Phase 3
Clinical trial site for leading COVID-19 vaccines
Saliva diagnostic test for COVID-19 was developed at Rutgers
$5 Million
NIH grant to expand COVID-19 testing for New Jersey’s underserved

Institute for the Study of Global Racial Justice

Excellence Spotlight: With a $15 million Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant, Rutgers University established the Institute for the Study of Global Racial Justice to provide opportunities for faculty whose work addresses racism and social inequality to collaborate in ways that lead to meaningful action. An intellectual corridor that connects scholars and ideas, the institute amplifies work in the humanities to dismantle racism and end systemic inequities. Learn more about the institute's directors below.

Michelle Stephens

Institute for the Study of Global Racial Justice
Founding Executive Director

Michelle Stephens joined the Department of English and the Department of Latino and Caribbean Studies at Rutgers University–New Brunswick in spring 2011. She is a psychoanalyst and served as the dean of the humanities in the School of Arts and Sciences from 2017–2020. Originally from Jamaica, West Indies, she graduated from Yale University with a Ph.D. in American studies. She is the author of Black Empire: The Masculine Global Imaginary of Caribbean Intellectuals in the United States, 1914 to 1962 (Duke University Press, 2005) and Skin Acts: Race, Psychoanalysis and The Black Male Performer (Duke University Press, 2014). She has published numerous articles on the intersection of race and psychoanalysis in such journals as JAPA, Contemporary Psychoanalysis, Studies in Gender and Sexuality, and Psychoanalysis of Culture and Society.

Michelle Stephens, Rutgers University

Erica Armstrong Dunbar

Institute Campus Director, Rutgers University–New Brunswick

Erica Armstrong Dunbar joined the Department of History at Rutgers University–New Brunswick in 2017. She holds a Ph.D. from Columbia University and specializes in African American, United States, and women’s and gender history, with specialization in late 18th-century and early 19th-century history. She is the national director of the Association of Black Women Historians.

Erica Armstrong Dunbar, Rutgers University

Elise Boddie

Institute Campus Director, Rutgers University–Newark

Elise Boddie joined the Rutgers Law School faculty in 2013. She holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School and a master’s in public policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. An award-winning legal scholar, her work explores the regulation of race in spatial contexts and dynamic systems in law and policy that perpetuate racial inequality. Before joining the Rutgers faculty, Boddie directed the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.’s nationwide litigation program. She is also the founder and director of The Inclusion Project, which works to advance racial equity and inclusion in law and policy using multiple tools of research, outreach, community engagement, and media.

Elise Boddie, Rutgers University

Gregory Pardlo

Institute Campus Codirector, Rutgers University–Camden

Gregory Pardlo CCAS’99 joined the faculty of the Department of English and Communication at Rutgers University–Camden in 2016. He holds an M.F.A. from New York University and an M.F.A. in nonfiction from Columbia University. In 2015, he won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry.

Gregory Pardlo, Rutgers University

Patrick Rosal

Institute Campus Codirector, Rutgers University–Camden

Patrick Rosal joined the faculty of the Department of English and Communication at Rutgers University–Camden in 2011. He holds an M.F.A. from Sarah Lawrence College. In 2018, he was named a National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellow.

Patrick Rosal, Rutgers University
Michelle Stephens, Rutgers University
Erica Armstrong Dunbar, Rutgers University
Elise Boddie, Rutgers University
Gregory Pardlo, Rutgers University
Patrick Rosal, Rutgers University

Academic Excellence

A top-25 national public university, Rutgers is an academic and research powerhouse. Rutgers' main locations are in New Brunswick, Newark, and Camden, and Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences is a statewide academic health leader.

Best Women's History and African American history graduate programs

U.S. News & World Report

Nationally ranked for food science and technology education

Academic Ranking of World Universities

Public business school in the New York/New Jersey metro region

Bloomberg Businessweek

Rutgers' philosophy program is one of best in the world  


QS World University Rankings by Subject

Faculty Excellence Recognized

Four Rutgers professors have been named fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), an honor awarded by their association peers.

AAAS fellows pursue scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications.

Read more about these distinguished faculty

Distinguished Professor in the Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry in the School of Arts and Sciences at Rutgers University–New Brunswick and interim director of Rutgers’ Waksman Institute of Microbiology.

Inaugural chancellor of Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences and the executive vice president for Health Affairs at Rutgers University.

Adjunct professor at Rutgers’ Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute.

Professor in the management science and information systems department at Rutgers Business School–Newark and New Brunswick. 

Research Excellence

Breakthroughs in knowledge—technology, the humanities, or health care—are the essence of a top research university. At Rutgers, we have a strong track record of discovery—from finding a cure for tuberculosis to developing eco-friendly building materials, just to name a few.

$750.8 Million
Research grants and sponsored programs

2019 data

Top 100
World’s most innovative universities

Reuters (2019)

Active issued worldwide patents

2019 data

A Leader in Health Care

Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences conducts research, trains health professionals, and provides patient care through our Rutgers Health practice, New Jersey's sole academic health care provider organization.

2.1+ Million
Annual patient visits to Rutgers Health practices 
Clinical trials in process
Clinical providers working to advance top-quality health care

Rutgers Experts in Demand

Every day, Rutgers faculty, students, and staff appear in global, national, and regional news outlets. Last year, 624,416 news stories cited Rutgers.