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SEBS Administration

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Laura Lawson
Executive Dean, SEBS

Executive Dean, SEBS


The Office of the Executive Dean sets the strategic direction and vision for the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences (SEBS). It leads efforts to advance the mission and vision of the school, while playing an integral role within Rutgers University leadership. Leadership areas within the Office of the Executive Dean include Academic Personnel, Alumni and Community Engagement, Public Outreach and Communication, Financial and Business Administration, Human Resources, Information Technology Services, Philanthropy and Strategic Partnerships, and Planning and Budgets.

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Thomas Leustek
Dean of Academic Programs

Academic Programs


The Office of Academic Programs encompasses all undergraduate and graduate academic programs and activity at the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences which includes course and curriculum oversight, faculty forums, student advising, registration, admissions, recruitment, degree certifications, academic success initiatives, and oversight of all budget matters as it relates to teaching.

Educational Opportunity Fund


SEBS Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) prepares its students to solve some of the more challenging societal problems. Focused on access, academic excellence, and research, SEBS EOF cultivates student capacity to make adaptive changes in their educational development and overcome historic socioeconomic factors that challenge their potential for success. SEBS EOF seeks to provide services that assist students in navigating the complexities of an academic and social climate, within a global environment; and, facilitate an understanding of what is required to succeed in college as a science major.

Honors Programs


Entering students are recruited from high school to participate in this four year program. The General Honors Program consists of first-term honors courses, honors seminars in the spring term of the first and second years, and graduated research projects beginning in the second term or year and typically culminating in a George H. Cook Scholars project senior year.

Student to Professional Internship Network (SPIN)


The Student to Professional Internship Network affords students the opportunity to gain experience related to their course of study or career interests while earning academic credits to fulfill their SEBS experience-based education requirement. Credits are earned through the completion of academic assignments while the student is engaged in part-time or full-time work experience within business, industry, government or non-profit organizations.

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Megan Francis
Director, Global Engagement

Global Engagement


Many of our faculty have extensive and longstanding collaborations with international partners. These partnerships have provided new avenues for research and scholarship. A recent survey shows that our faculty are engaged in research activities that circle the globe—from the Arctic tundra to the tip of Cape Horn. Opportunities to engage in international activities are steadily increasing for undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty. Through this office we hope to enhance and facilitate these opportunities for our community.