University and Community Programs
The impact of the School of Arts and Sciences is felt well beyond the classroom and campus as research and service learning take faculty and students into the community. New support will sustain such programs to broaden the audiences they reach.
The SAS Honors Program offers a small liberal arts college environment in the context of a major research university. Students in over 70 SAS majors benefit from an enriched curriculum that includes small classes, special interdisciplinary seminars, capstone projects, faculty mentoring, and extensive personalized advising.
Gifts up to $25,000 support a robust Honors Program Excellence Fund, providing funding for the summer reading program, honors colloquium, and honors seminars. Gifts of $25,000 and above support the writer-in-residence and scholar-in-residence programs.
Centers of ExcellenceThe teaching and learning environment of SAS includes over 50 world-class research programs, centers, and institutes. These centers of excellence bridge the boundaries between arts and sciences disciplines and a wide array of other fields, bringing together leader from academe, industry, government and the military. Please visit the websites of individual Research Programs, Centers, and Institutes to learn how to support Rutgers' world-class university and community programs.
From the Institute for Research on Women, the Rutgers Oral History Archives, and Writer's House to the Rutgers University Center for Cognitive Sciences and W.M. Keck Center for Collaborative Neuroscience, these programs serve as a primary engine of cutting-edge research and a focus for some of the most innovative programs at Rutgers today. Equally important they offer undergraduate and graduate students frontline experience with some of the university's leading scholars and scientists.
New Research InitiativesIn addition to supporting existing centers, the School of Arts and Sciences plans to launch several new research initiatives, including the Brain Health Institute and the Human Genetics Trident. Read about plans for the Brain Health Institute.
Brain Health Institute
From brain injuries suffered by the young to neurodegenerative disorders that affect the elderly, there is an urgent need to address the issue of brain health. Because the human brain is by far the body's most complex organ, current treatments for neurological disorders are not always effective and must be improved. Scientists at the new Brain Health Institute will work collaboratively and creatively on solving such perplexing brain diseases as Alzheimer's, autism, multiple sclerosis, and Parkinson's. The initiative will begin with a cluster hire of a director and five endowed professor in brain health areas. Startups costs will be supported by five lab endowments that will make the facility a magnet for both national and health-science industry funding.
Human Genetics Trident
Rutgers has one of the nation's strongest Department of Genetics outside of a school of medicine. Rutgers researchers are contributing to important discoveries about the inherited causes of diseases including Alzheimer's, cancer, schizophrenia, and substance abuse. The Human Genetics Trident will create an umbrella program composed of interacting institutes and centers that will propel Rutgers to the forefront of genetics discovery. The Trident will comprise the Human Genetics Institute of New Jersey, the Rutgers University Cell and DNA Repository, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, and two new centers, the Center for Genetics Technologies, and Center for Bioinformatics and Statistical Genetics. Resources will enable the Trident to attract scientific talent and provide technological infrastructure to succeed in the push toward human genetics discovery.
To learn more about these and other exciting giving opportunities, please contact the School of Arts and Sciences Development Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.