Preeminent Undergraduate Research Program

The Charles A. Dana Research Institute for Scientists Emeriti (RISE) at Drew University will offer you unique opportunities to engage in undergraduate research under the supervision of retired industrial scientists. Experiential learning at its finest, RISE projects cover topic areas, including drug discovery, industrial microbiology, mathematics and more.

RISE gives you experience with analytic equipment you’ll use on the job, from liquid chromatography and mass spectrometry—for separating and identifying components of a mixture—to high-field nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometry—for determining molecular structures.

As a student, you may find yourself named in a scientific paper with a RISE Fellow, as seven students who assisted with research recently did. Their article, “Antimicrobial Spectrum of the Antitumor Agent, Cisplatin,” appeared in The Journal of Antibiotics.

Likewise, working with RISE Fellows puts you out in front of the professional scientific community. RISE student Tharani Theivakumar C’12 won a cash prize from the New Jersey chapter of the American Chemical Society for her presentation on anti-tumor agents.

Two RISE students also recently earned Goldwater Scholarships, the premiere U.S. scholarship for undergraduates majoring in math, science and engineering.

Learn more about RISE.

Prize-Winning Faculty

William Campbell, RISE Associate, wins Nobel Prize, October 2015

RISE Fellow Associate Dr. William Campbell, received the Nobel Prize for discovering a drug that treats parasitic diseases. Campbell shares the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with Satoshi Omura of Japan. The drug they discovered is avermectin, and a derivative, ivermectin, has significantly lowered the incidences of River Blindness and Lymphatic Filariasis.

Arny Demain, RISE Fellow

RISE Fellow, Arny Demain was recently honored at the annual meeting of the Society for Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology.

Meet our fellows and associates.

Access to Industrial Level Lab Facilities

Lundbeck Research USA Inc. of Paramus, NJ donated a state-of-the-art Bruker 400 MHz NMR to Drew University, to be used primarily by the Chemistry Department and RISE. This new NMR will facilitate the structure determination of molecules using techniques such as multinuclear and 2-dimensional NMR, and it will give our students hands-on experience with these experimental techniques.

Learn more about our labs.