The Co-Directors of INSPIRE are Dr. Martha Soto, Associate Professor of the Department of Pathology and also Director of the Postdoctoral Career Development Program of RWJMS, and Dr. Gary A. Brewer, Interim Chair of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Dr. Soto is also the Founder and Faculty Advisor for the BIO Links (Biosciences Links to Teaching) K-12 Outreach Program. In Bio Links, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows at RWJMS and Rutgers partner with local middle school and high school science teachers, serving diverse student populations.
The INSPIRE program support coordinator is Dr. Jianping Xu, who was recognized as a 2015 Exemplary Diversity Scholar by National Center for Institutional Diversity (NCID) at University of Michigan.
The program coordinators at our 3 MSI partner schools are:
Dr. Emily Monroe, Assistant Professor at William Paterson University;
Dr. Cindy Arrigo, Associate Professor at New Jersey City University;
Dr. Edward J. Catapane, Professor at Medgar Evers College-CUNY.
Faculty and program coordinators from these schools play an integral role in the educational training and professional development of our INSPIRE Fellows.
Why should I choose INSPIRE?
Teaching: Our fellows receive mentoring and support for their teaching at minority-serving institutions in NJ and NY. Besides participating in a comprehensive Scientific Teaching Workshop in Year 1 of their postdoctoral training, they also receive on-going advice from their Teaching Mentors, i.e., faculty members at our 3 partner institutions who are also committed to research, teaching, and mentoring.
Diversity: INSPIRE fellows have been diverse themselves, AND they have made a difference in teaching and mentoring under-served student populations at the 3 minority-serving institutions as well as on the Rutgers Campus.
Career Development: Ideally located in the thriving NY-NJ-PA tri-state area, INSPIRE has had outstanding sucess with our fellows obtaining often tenure track faculty positions and industry positions. Rutgers Office of Postdoctoral Affairs has monthly events with invited speakers on topics such as Time Management, Grant-writing and Networking skills, which play a significant role in our fellows' career success.
Who is eligible to apply?