Since 1986, The Office for Diversity and Academic Success in the Sciences (ODASIS) at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, has identified the individual needs of underrepresented and disadvantaged students in the sciences and aimed to provide them with supplemental academic instruction, continued guidance, and advising.

What We Do:

  • Increase the number of underrepresented students that are admitted to & graduate from college
  • Enhance problem-solving skills
  • Increase entry into graduate/professional school and the workforce
  • Bridge the faculty/student gap

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Why We Do It:

The Office for Diversity and Academic Success in the Sciences (ODASIS) is an academic support unit within the Division of Life Sciences at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. The goal of ODASIS is to increase the recruitment and academic success of underrepresented students, as well as educationally and economically disadvantaged students, who are interested in pursuing careers in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics professions. ODASIS intends to improve the percentage of underrepresented students entering the scientific fields by encouraging academic achievement in the sciences through unique and rigorous academic support. By cultivating the number, participation, and success of underrepresented and disadvantaged students who pursue scientific disciplines, ODASIS aims to minimize the achievement gap in professional education as well as create a highly qualified and diverse workforce.

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How We Get It To Work:

  • Institutional Commitment
  • Funding Request
  • Inter-department Collaboration
  • Students' perspective on education and career possibilities
  • Professor's Attitudes
  • Pipeline (Continuum)
  • Staff Attitudes

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Where We Take Our Students:

1480 ODASIS Graduates From 1990 - 2022
Medicine (MD) 665 44.93%
Osteopathy (DO) 135 9.12%
Biomedical Sciences (MBS) 62 4.19%
Dentistry (DMD / DDS) 48 3.24%
Biomedical Research 15 1.01%
Physician Assistant (PA) 15 1.01%
Podiatry (DPM) 18 1.22%
Nursing (RN / BSN / LPN / MSN) 16 1.08%
Medicine / Research (MD / PhD) 8 0.54%
Pharmacy (PharmD) 19 1.28%
Osteopathy / Biomedical Sciences (OD / MBS) 7 0.47%
Public Health (MPH) 6 0.41%
Physical Therapy (PT) 23 1.55%
Medicine / Public Health (MD / MPH) 5 0.34%
Chiropractic (DC) 4 0.27%
Law (JD) 4 0.27%
Optometry (OD) 4 0.27%
Medicine / Biomedical Sciences (MD / MBS) 3 0.2%
Research (PhD) 3 0.2%
Biomedical Engineering (MBE) 3 0.2%
Medicine / Business (MD / MBA) 1 0.07%
Osteopathy / Law (DO / JD) 1 0.07%
Master of Science (MS) 1 0.07%
Veterinary (DVM) 2 0.14%
Other (e.g., business, education) 412 27.84%

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