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Rutgers aspires to be the national model for outstanding academic programs, social mobility, and educational equity with purposeful and timely degree completion, career preparation, and lifelong learning.

Alumna Awarded World’s Largest Prize for Outstanding Work In History

Stephanie Jones-Rogers is one of nine scholars from around the globe to receive the 2023 Dan David Prize, one of the most prestigious awards in the field of history. It is designed to be a MacArthur-style "genius grant" that awards $300,000 to support further research. Past winners have included Canadian author Margaret Atwood, cellist Yo-Yo Ma and top U.S. infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci.


Rutgers Professor Elected to National Academy of Engineering

Rutgers Distinguished Professor Lily Young was elected to the National Academy of Engineering—one of the highest professional distinctions bestowed to an engineer.

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Graduate School of Education Wins National Award for Multicultural Education and Diversity

The American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) named Rutgers University–New Brunswick the winner of its 2023 Best Practice Award for Multicultural Education and Diversity.

The award recognizes diversity as a critical component of teacher preparation and development and was presented to Dean Wanda J. Blanchett and Associate Dean Nora Hyland for their work on the Urban Social Justice Teacher Preparation Program.

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Rutgers Rises in National Rankings

Rutgers University–New Brunswick is one of the nation’s top 20 public universities, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2022-2023 Best Colleges rankings released on September 12, 2022.

Named #19 of Top Public Schools, Rutgers–New Brunswick climbed higher in the rankings from #23 last year. Rutgers University–Newark (#53) and Rutgers University–Camden (#61) also moved higher among the top 100 public universities.

“Building on Rutgers’ academic excellence and supporting our first-rate faculty, transforming the lives of our remarkable students, and cultivating innovations that improve the world we live in are reflected in the new rankings,” said Rutgers President Jonathan Holloway.

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Rutgers Appoints New Law School Dean

Johanna Bond, an accomplished academic leader and legal scholar, will be the new dean of Rutgers Law School beginning on July 3, 2023.

A strong academic administrator, Bond will join Rutgers after serving as the Sydney and Frances Lewis Professor of Law, an endowed chair in the School of Law at Washington and Lee University, where she previously was associate dean for academic affairs. She also serves as an affiliate faculty member in the university’s Africana Studies and the Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies programs.

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40+ Graduate Programs Rank Among the Nation’s Top 25

But it's more than just numbers.

Behind the rankings are students, faculty, and alumni with stories to share about what drives them to advance the human condition.

Rutgers University–New Brunswick historian Erica Armstrong Dunbar served as co-executive producer on the HBO period drama The Gilded Age. Her work ensured the composite and real-life characters in the series, such as Black journalist T. Thomas Fortune, ring true on screen.

School of Criminal Justice alumna Nancy La Vigne is a widely recognized criminal justice policy expert appointed by President Joe Biden to direct the National Institute of Justice, which works to reduce crime, assist victims, and advance racial equity in the administration of justice.

The Sheryl Lanman Nichols Memorial Fellowship supports master of social work students as they complete a yearlong internship in domestic violence counseling. Recipients are in the School of Social Work’s Violence Against Women and Children certificate program.

More than 40 Rutgers graduate programs across a wide range of disciplines rank among the nation’s top 25 in U.S. News & World Report rankings—just the kind of excellence one would expect of a leading, comprehensive research university.

Historians Judith Surkis and Yesenia Barragan are known for research that challenges our understanding of race, slavery, and the lingering legacy of colonialism. These two faculty members recently received National Endowment for the Humanities fellowships that will allow them to expand their research and publish books on their respective subjects.

Rutgers Law School faculty and students developed the Stop Evicting Newark Project to provide pro bono aid to local residents facing eviction by helping them navigate complicated legal processes and court proceedings.

Internationally recognized physicist and Rutgers alumnus Vitaly Podzorov runs a research group that studies the physics of novel semiconductors. The research aims to quantitatively describe the optical and electronic properties of emergent materials and create better semiconductor devices, such as novel transistors and solar cells. Podzorov is the Donald H. Jacobs Chair in Applied Physics and a professor at Rutgers University–New Brunswick.

First-generation college student Jesse Cabrera helped his struggling family during COVID and served as a mentor to other students. It was a lot to juggle, but by taking advantage of the university resources at his disposal and having determination, grit, and resolve, Cabrera graduated in 2022 with a doctorate in pharmacy.

Rutgers Professor Wins National Book Award

Rutgers–Newark Distinguished Professor John Keene won the National Book Award for Poetry for his latest collection of poems, Punks: New & Selected Poems.

Keene, chair of Rutgers–Newark’s Africana Studies department and also teaches in the English department and MFA Creative Writing Program, has received wide acclaim for the volume, which won the Lambda Literary award and the Thom Gunn Prize for Gay Poetry earlier this year. In 2018, Keene received a MacArthur "Genius" Grant for challenging and expanding our views on American history.

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School of Nursing Dean Wins National Education Award

Dean Linda Flynn is one of only five nurses nationwide to receive the National League for Nursing’s Nurse Educator of the Year Award for her unique contributions to nursing education, research, practice, policymaking and public health. 

As dean, Flynn heads one of the largest, most highly-ranked nursing schools in the country. The NLN award is among a growing list of honors recognizing her leadership in the field and her commitment to advancing advancing health outcomes in the U.S. and abroad, and building diversity, equity, and inclusion in nursing and health care.

Rutgers School of Nursing Dean Linda Flynn

Creating Upward Social Mobility through Pell Grants

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Congratulations to Our Newest AAAS Fellows

Among the nation's best scientists, engineers, and innovators recognized for their achievements 
The nine Rutgers faculty elected to the newest class of fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) are engaging in research to enhance our understanding of the universe, prepare the world to address climate change and find ways to restore brain function after traumatic injury or disease. 

Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Advancements in understanding the molecular mechanism of mRNA translation and trace element metabolism

Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences, School of Arts and Sciences; Co-Director, University Office of Climate Action
Innovations in climate science, particularly using statistical process modeling to estimate sea level change

Associate Research Professor, Institute for Quantitative Biomedicine
Innovations in molecular visualization education for teachers, undergraduates, and the public

Associate Professor of Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences
Advancements in marine biology, particularly for predictions about the impacts of climate change and population dynamics

Professor of Cell Biology and Neuroscience, School of Arts and Sciences
Contributions to molecular and cellular neuroscience, particularly the development of, and strategies to repair, damaged neural circuits

Distinguished Professor and Vice Chair of Management Science and Information Systems, Rutgers Business School
Contributions to privacy protection in data analytics, information sharing, and access control management

Professor and Chair of Human Ecology, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences
Advancements in risk analysis, assessment, and communication, and educating the public on important scientific issues

Professor of Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences
Advancements in ecosystem services, particularly contributions to pollination ecology and conservation

Professor of Physics and Astronomy, School of Arts and Sciences
Contributions to the study of Type Ia supernovae, including insights on their intrinsic properties and their use as cosmological probes

Student Wins American Medical Association’s National Research Competition

Leelabati “Leela” Biswas, who is pursuing a dual doctoral degree in medicine and microbiology and molecular genetics (MD-PhD) from Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, earned national acclaim – and a grand prize of $10,000 – for her efforts to validate a genetic biomarker tied to miscarriages.
Biswas’s research beat out nearly 1,200 entries in the competition, which the AMA describes as “the largest national, multispecialty research event for medical students, residents and international medical graduates.”

Leelabati “Leela” Biswas is the 2022 winner of the American Medical Association Research Challenge.