Academic Services

Cognitive Skills Program (CSP)

The Cognitive Skills Program (CSP) is designed to enhance and maximize the educational experience of medical, graduate, and postgraduate students. CSP services include instruction in efficient strategies and self regulatory skills to increase control of learning, to promote independent, self-directed learning and other various academic support services tailored to individual needs.

To view other services available by the Cognitive Skills Program, Click Here.

Peer Tutoring

Peer tutoring is available to students if you are concerned about your test and exam preparation or comprehension throughout the semester. Please contact your program director and administrative assistant to help you identify a tutor or ask the SGS office. 

Nationwide there is an unaddressed need in the scientific academic setting for the development of “soft skills”, including goal setting, time management, leadership and communication skills. The Rutgers School for Graduate Studies offer EmpoweRU workshops to improve career readiness through the development of professional skills as well as to bolster resilience to professional challenges, so trainees can realize their full potential for academic and career success.


During EmpoweRU workshops, trainees are also given opportunities to get support

on a range of issues not traditionally addressed in academic settings:


•             What do I do when my project has been working for weeks or month?

•             Help!  I’m so stressed because I’m not doing well in my classes.

•             What do I do when I am applying for jobs and I get no offers?

•             How do I have a challenging conversation with my mentor?


Facilitated by Dr. Loren Runnels (Associate Professor of Pharmacology, Rutgers-RWJMS), EmpoweRU workshops occur in an active group setting where participants share and learn how to overcome challenges while at the same time developing skills and best practices to bolster success and academic achievement.


Sessions are highly participatory and experiential. Integrated into all of the workshops are practices for maintaining health and well-being as well as time to get support on a range of issues. Each workshop explores a specific professional "theme”. Examples of workshops from 2019 are:


 *** What is success?  *** Stress and Anxiety:  Making a friend of out an enemy *** Graduate School Survival Kit – What’s in your backpack? *** Transformational versus Transactional Leadership – How to create the future you want and overcome obstacles to your success  *** Creating Powerful and Charismatic Presentations *** Crucial Conversations *** Creating Powerful Habits for Success to Reduce Stress and Achieve More *** How to Stay Ahead in an Uneven World *** Goal Setting – How to be SMART in Setting your Goals *** 


EmpoweRU offers the community of students and postdoctoral fellows at Rutgers University a unique opportunity of support for their academic and professional success.


For more information about the program, please contact Dr. Loren W. Runnels (

The Student Coaching Program at the Rutgers-School of Graduate Studies supports first year students in the Rutgers Molecular Biosciences Graduate Programs.  Student coaches are second and third year students that have excelled in their programs and are committed to helping first year students transition to graduate schools, succeed in their courses, and find research rotations. The goal of the student coaching program is to create connection and establish a culture of support for student to achieve academic success.


Student coaches receive training in coaching and mentoring skills by Dr. Loren Runnels and Dr. Jerry Langer, which builds capacity for management and leadership.


Students Coaches for the 2019/2020 Academic Year


Kevinn Eddy

Arwa Gabr

Paul Kraycer

Deimante Mikalauskaite

Thushara Nethramangalath

Kyle Nunn

Nisha Singh

Kumar Tiger


Student Coaches for the 2018/2019 Academic Year


Andrew Boreland

Sukanya Das

Kevinn Eddy

John Favate

Arwa Gabr

Nisha Singh


For more information about the program, please contact Dr. Loren W. Runnels (


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