Education at Waksman

The Waksman Institute takes an active role in supporting the educational mission of Rutgers University through the teaching and training of students at the undergraduate, graduate and high school levels. 

Graduate Students from a wide range of graduate programs at Rutgers University conduct their PhD or MS dissertation research projects with faculty at the Waksman Institute. Graduate students working with faculty at the Waksman Insititute are eligible for the Busch Graduate Fellowship Program to support their thesis research. Core PhD courses for the Molecular Biosciences Program, along with numerous upper level lecture and seminar courses, are taught at the Waksman Institute each semester.

Undergraduate students from departments in the School of Arts and Sciences (SAS) and the School of Envrionmental and Biological Sciences (SEBS) are trained in a state of the art molecular biology research laboratory. Most of the faculty take the students into their laboratories to perform independent research projects through the summer and academic year. Many of these students go on to receive the Waksman Undergraduate Research Fellowship to support their research efforts.

Over the past 14 years, our one-month summer program, the Waksman Summer Scholars Program, has had more than 2,000 groups from about 40 New Jersey high schools in attendance. In recent years, the Summer Scholars Program has expanded its satellite program, the Summer Institute Program, to the University of Texas at Austin, and to Johns Hopkins University. This year, WSSP has coordinated efforts for expansion in Hawaii.

All of our students have the opportunity to present their work at scientific meetings, and have their research published online ,or in peer reviewed journals. Most of our students enter top-tier medical and graduate schools or obtain research positions after graduation.