Research In Science and Engineering at Rutgers
Meet the RiSE 2008 Alumni

Cynthia Onyekachi Anyanwu
Georgetown University

Identifying structural changes in an accession of Arabidopsis thaliana

The lunch/dinner seminars, talks and panels were the most influential part of the program for someone like myself who has a passion for the sciences but knew very little about the opportunities.

Paola Blanco
University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez

Changepoint detection and steady-state projection based on learning curve behavior

Great experience which helped me to realize how much I like research and to meet brilliant people who had a huge impact in both my professional and personal life.

Brandon Borde
University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Methods for Characterizing Neural Stem Cell Differentiation on Polymer Scaffolds

Collette Brown
Johnson C. Smith University

Characterizing an arrhythmic circadian clock accession in Arabidopsis

I would recommend this program to anybody who is even thinking about a career in science.

Maria Bustamante
University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez

Experimental Approach of Electrostatic Properties on Industrial Formulations

Participant in the REU program

Now I have a very broad idea of the different opportunities that can be opened to one self after learning so much in a research lab.

Dana Lee Daley
Oakwood University

The role of Nitric Oxide in inflammatory pulmonary disease: asthma and emphysema

Good mentor matching... kind and knowledgeable program coordinators who care about the students' individual needs.

Anise Elie
Montclair State University

Effect of methacrylate polymer composition on primary human dermal fibroblasts

Excellent resource when it comes to understanding how to apply to PhD programs and how to obtain contacts that will aid in your future. You will walk away a different individual.

Dakim Gaines
St. Mary's College of Maryland

The effects of the pesticides maneb and paraquat on the developing dopaminergic system - implications for Parkinson's disease

My mentor was excellent, helpful, and kept me engaged with my project.

Eduardo Gonzalez Maldonado
University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez

Determining the role of Eph-A5 receptors in retinal development

I was able to work with a very interesting project, meet brilliant students and professors, learn about different cultures, visit new places, make friends, and network... I am definitely considering Rutgers for graduate studies.

Rafael Gonzalez-Cruz
University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez

Monitoring of NIH 3T3 fibroblast cell growth on three dimensional Nylon 6.6 microfibrillar surfaces for cell culture and tissue engineering applications

RISE...introduced me to a project which demanded me to incorporate knowledge from different disciplines and learn new laboratory skills.

Amanda Harvey
University of Maine

Controlling the release of nano-scale amphiphilic macromolecules to treat atherosclerosis.

I loved the lab I worked in... RISE participants couldn't have been better...One of my best summers yet!

Brittny Humphrey
Youngstown State University

Studies of reactivity and olefin binding for a "pincer"-ligated iridium complex during dehydrogenation

Wonderful program!...RISE gave me the opportunity to expand my skill in the laboratory, and equipped me with the skills to network with professionals.

Sajjad Ibrar
Saint Peter's College

Effect of aromatic residues on type I collagen self-assembly

The weekly GRE prep seminar helped me improve my score.

Glenfield Jarvis
University of the Virgin Islands

Quantifying the Effects of Up-Stream Powder Processing on the Mechanical Properties of Pharmaceutical Tablets

Any student considering attending graduate school should apply to RISE.

Krizia Karry
University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez

Characterizing pseudoboehmite extrudates prepared under high shear granulation

The summer went by so fast. I couldn't get enough of New Jersey and Rutgers.

Richard Knowles
The College of New Jersey

Memory, attention and eye movements while viewing closed-captioned videos

RISE '07 and RISE Associate '08

It has prepared me for the graduate level.

Carol Li
Rutgers University

MicroRNA-mediated gene reprogramming in immunosuppressive mesenchymal stem cells

Claudia Lugo
University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras

The Effects of Prenatal Substance Exposure and Its Psychological and Physiological Effects on Child Development

Frank Macabenta
University of Guam

Elucidating the role of netrin in the formation of the dorsal vessel in embryos of Drosophila melanogaster.

A fun and challenging research experience...[which] provided opportunity to meet other students who share a passion for science.

Ronald McHenry
State University of New York-Old Westbury

Daniel Ocampo
Cornell University

Use of anti-oxidants for increased cytocompatibility of photo-crosslinking

The RISE scholars are an amazing group. Friendships will last a lifetime (despite the fact that they span several states, commonwealths, and continents).

Marilia Pena-Melendez
University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez

Development of new polysaccharide functional composite

Vivian Pereira Cardona
Interamerican University of Puerto Rico, Arecibo

This experience helped me to make my future academic decisions.

Maria Elisa Perez Munoz
University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras

Zeaxanthin modulates prostate cancer biomarker genes in androgen independent human prostate cancer (PC3) cell line

One of the most enriching, fulfilling and valuable experiences of my professional life.

Kristia Rivera
University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez

Characterizing the relationship between tablet processing conditions and in-vitro dissolution performance

RISE '07 and RISE '08

After this summer program, I feel confident in my decision to pursue a Ph.D.

Anjuli Ramos Busot
University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras

Atmospheric Particulate Matter (PM) absorbs and scatters solar radiation

My research was really interesting and exciting... RISE has been a tool for me to realize what I really want to do. I loved it!

Janice Rodriguez
University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras

Suppression of GRM1 expression by siRNA in a tetracycline inducible system in a human melanoma cell line

I had so much fun doing research. Thanks to RISE, I will be a successful scientist in the future.

Roger Saez
New Jersey Institute of Technology

Production and stabilization of organic crystalline sub-micron particles for drug delivery

The best research experience I've had!

Sophia Sequeira
Williams College

Identification of proteins that interact with Rat1, a RNA exonuclease involved in transcription termination

Winter Walker
Florida A&M University

The effect of ethanol on the rat prostate

Awesome! I would highly recommend this program to other students interested in pursuing a Ph.D.

Tiffany Williams
St. John's University

Implicit racial stereotypes toward college applicants

My mentor was a great guy, who ...guided me every step of the way. My research was right on target with my own interests.