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Q-STEP has been instituted on the Rutgers-Camden campus so as to increase the numbers of successful graduates in the sciences and mathematics and to enhance the level of their quantitative skills. A fundamental activity of the Q-STEP program is the creation of a community of scholars in the quantitative sciences. The community will provide a supportive social network, increased chances for group study and problem-solving, peer tutoring, and opportunities for early and consistent involvement in research. Two distinct groups will be targeted. Q-STEP Scholars will be entering freshmen, while Q-STEP Mentors will be more advanced students (in their junior year).

Q-STEP is a program to enhance the education of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) students at Rutgers-Camden.  This program is supported through the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Talent Expansion Program (STEP) of the National Science Foundation (NSF).  The Rutgers-Camden program, called Q-STEP, emphasizes the development of quantitative skills.

Q-STEP Scholars

Freshmen interested in majoring in Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics or Physics at Rutgers-Camden are invited to apply to become Q-STEP Scholars.  Q-STEP Scholars will receive several benefits:

  1. Membership in a supportive learning community which will help you throughout your Rutgers-Camden education
  2. Access to a separate Q-STEP space for meetings, study and socializing
  3. Opportunities  for group study and problem-solving
  4. Mentoring and tutoring by a select group of upper-level students (the Q-STEP Mentors)
  5. Chances to be selected for summer research support

In turn, the Q-STEP Scholars will agree to participate in weekly problem-solving sessions and other required Q-­STEP activities.

There are a limited number of openings for the Q-STEP Scholars each year.    When you apply, you will be asked to provide information which will be used to track you through the program.  However, your answers to these questions will not affect your chances of getting into the program. All Rutgers-Camden freshmen who plan on majoring in Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics or Physics will have an equal chance to be admitted to the Q-STEP Scholars program.
To apply, go to:  Scholar Application Form

Q-STEP Mentors

A limited number of positions are available for highly-qualified upperclassmen to tutor the Q-STEP Scholars. These individuals wil become part of the Q-STEP community and guide weekly review sessions for courses they have successfully completed at Rutgers-Camden

To apply, go to the Mentor Application Form.

Applications will be accepted immediately and continue until this year’s openings are filled.

Steering Committee

Joseph V. Martin

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Q-STEP Principal Investigator 
Professor of Biology, Director of Center for Computational and Integrative Biology 
Hormone actions at neurotransmitter receptors, electroencephalographically-defined sleep and waking, computational models

Daniel Bubb

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Professor and Department Chair, Physics
Laser materials interactions and laser processing, self-organized criticality

Benedetto Piccoli

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Benedetto Piccoli

Program Director, Rutgers Center for Computational & Integrative Biology
Professor and Joseph and Loretta Lopez Chair, Mathematics
Control and optimization of network flow

Alex Roche

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Associate Professor of Chemistry
Synthesis and reactivity of fluorinated organic molecules, and their spectroscopic characterization (especially nuclear magnetic resonance and mass spectrometry), identification and measurement of biological molecules

Sunil Shende

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Associate Professor of Computer Science
Algorithms and combinatorial optimization; computational game theory

Contact Information


Joseph V. Martin, Ph.D.
Department of Biology
Rutgers University
Camden, NJ 08102
Telephone: (856) 225-6165
Fax: (856) 225-6312


Janet Caruso
Department of Biology
Rutgers University
Camden, NJ 08102
Room 108
Telephone: (856) 225-6235